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About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Fifth Avenue: 1908

Fifth Avenue: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Fifth Avenue hotels north from 51st Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ray Brook: 1907

Ray Brook: 1907

Saranac Lake, New York, circa 1907. "State hospital, Ray Brook sanatorium, Adirondack Mountains." "House tents" at the New York State Hospital for Incipient Pulmonary Tuberculosis. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

County Fair: 1936

County Fair: 1936

Southern California ladies showing their wares in Pomona. View full size.

Over and Up: 1908

Over and Up: 1908

Continuing our tour of Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Pittsburgh & Lake Erie R.R. station and Mount Washington -- Smithfield Street Bridge and Monongahela Incline." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Funny Girl, Colorized: 1922

Funny Girl, Colorized: 1922

I'm too young to remember Fanny Brice, but I was attracted to the photo's elegant composition and the possibilities of light and color. Colorization of the original done in Photoshop using multiple layers and blend modes. View full size.

The Nixon: 1908

The Nixon: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Nixon Theatre, Sixth Avenue & Cherry Alley." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pittsburgh Rising: 1908

Pittsburgh Rising: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "A group of skyscrapers." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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