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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Bliss: 1901

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Bliss: 1901

Circa 1901. The caption here is just like a watermelon, short and sweet: "Bliss." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Point Bridge: 1900

Point Bridge: 1900

Pittsburgh circa 1900. "Point Bridge and coal barges." Note the Duquesne Incline railway next to the Solomon & Ruben sign. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Our New Facility: 1905

Our New Facility: 1905

So here's this new facility -- state of the art. Except it's over a hundred years old. And we've misplaced the caption. Who can tell us what this is? View full size.
UPDATE: Nobody identified this as the world's first indoor skateboard park. But it turns out that Nobody is wrong. The original caption from circa 1905: "New engineering building, big testing tank, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor."

 

The Commuter: 1910

The Commuter: 1910

Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1910. "Michigan Central railroad station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Oyster Bay Cafe: 1905

Oyster Bay Cafe: 1905

Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1905. "Oyster Bay Cafe." Continuing the bivalve theme. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lil Shuckers: 1906

Lil Shuckers: 1906

Biloxi, Mississippi, circa 1906. "Point oyster houses." Just add ice and beer. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Eden Park: 1906

Eden Park: 1906

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1906. "Main entrance to Eden Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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