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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

Gray Gardens: 1911

Gray Gardens: 1911

Atlantic City circa 1911. "Hotel Strand." And a vista of manicured monochrome greenery. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

And the Winner Is ...

And the Winner Is ...

Washington, D.C., 1940. "No caption." Which is just as well, because the picture tells all we need to know: Hoboken and Nebraska are right where they should be. This might be good fodder for a caption-writing contest (or, for the Photoshoppers among us, thought-balloon contest). For the record, what we have here seems to be the winner of the 1940 National Spelling Bee. Details in the comments. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Let Me Out: 1920

Let Me Out: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "District Motor Co., front." Won't someone give me a home? Or at least a garage. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

On Top of Old Steamy: 1943

On Top of Old Steamy: 1943

Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. "Chicago & North Western Railroad. Women wipers at the roundhouse cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." In the red bandanna: Marcella Hart, seen here in a few other posts. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Everyman: 1906

Everyman: 1906

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1906. "Cleveland Grays Armory." A volunteer militia that saw action in the Civil War, the Cleveland Grays built this sandstone castle as a meeting place and social center in 1893. Now playing: "Everyman," billed as "the XVth century morality play." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Shipping News: 1900

The Shipping News: 1900

Circa 1900. "Cabin of pilot boat No.2, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lost Horizon: 1905

Lost Horizon: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Surf bathing at Coney Island. Children swinging on pier rope." 8½ x 6½ glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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