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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 TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Ironwood: 1899

Ironwood: 1899

Iron mining circa 1899. "Norrie group No. 3, Ironwood, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Forever Young: 1908

Forever Young: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Waders at Belle Isle Park." Fourteen kids who'll never grow up. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cafe Martin: 1908

Cafe Martin: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Cafe Martin, Fifth Avenue and 26th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Main Street Station: 1905

Main Street Station: 1905

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1905. "Main Street Station." The clock tower will be familiar to travelers on I-95 where it pokes up over the elevated portion of expressway downtown. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Say Army: 1940

Say Army: 1940

Washington, D.C., June 1940. "New recruits join up. Kermit Kuhn, 21 years old, of Bayard, West Virginia, being examined by Army doctor Major Seth Gayle Jr." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Royal Street: 1901

Royal Street: 1901

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1901. "Hotel Windsor and Royal Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Duncan Place: 1901

Duncan Place: 1901

Mobile, Alabama, circa 1901. "Duncan Place and Semmes monument." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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