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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Detroiter and Argo: 1915

Detroiter and Argo: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "W.L. Smith agency, Argo cars, 14th Street N.W." Also home, as seen here earlier, to the Square Deal Auto Exchange. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cleaning Pressing Dyeing: 1924

Cleaning Pressing Dyeing: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Palace Laundry (Elite Laundry)." Soft collars, 3¢. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Rochester: 1908

Hotel Rochester: 1908

Rochester, New York, circa 1908. "Hotel Rochester, Main Street and Plymouth Avenue." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Walkerville: 1910

Walkerville: 1910

Circa 1910. "Business corner of Wyandotte and Devonshire roads, Walkerville, Ontario." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pop Kola, Kolorized: 1939

Pop Kola, Kolorized: 1939

July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 negative by Dorothea Lange. Click here for the original B&W photo. View full size.

Junior Tricycle

Junior Tricycle

An unknown boy riding his tricycle in (mid-1930s?) San Diego. View full size.

Giant Dipper: 1984

Giant Dipper: 1984

If you ask me, one of these people is enjoying this ride more than the other. UPDATE: Well, as SilentEchoes57 has pointed out, this isn't the Giant Dipper. As the Wild Mouse had been gone for several years when I took this shot, this is probably the Jet Star, a smaller coaster ride that operated until 1991. 35mm Kodacolor 100 negative.

 
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