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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.

 
 
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Great Chimney House: 1939

Great Chimney House: 1939

Oglethorpe County, Georgia. 1939 or 1944. "Great Chimney House, Lexington vicinity." 8x10 acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

How to Watch TV: 1980

How to Watch TV: 1980

A friend and I engrossed while watching TV at another friend's house. I don't know what was on to get us into this state; then again, maybe it was because those velour shirts were just so darned comfy. These days, of course, with all the excitement provided by big-screen hi-def sets and surround sound, nothing like this ever happens. View full size.

Heavy Lifting: 1908

Heavy Lifting: 1908

Buffalo, New York, circa 1908. "Brown electric hoist unloading ore carrier." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Goebel Brewing: 1905

Goebel Brewing: 1905

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905. "Goebel Brewing Co., bottling works." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Dakota: 1912

The Dakota: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Dakota Apartments, Central Park West and West 72nd Street." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Patience and Fortitude: 1911

Patience and Fortitude: 1911

The New York Public Library (last seen here sans lions) around the time of its opening in 1911. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

The Duchess of Dallas: 1920

The Duchess of Dallas: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Miss Inez Thomas of Dallas, Texas." Who represented her city as the Duchess of Dallas at the 1916 San Antonio Fiesta. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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