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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

Sad Cafe: 1908

Sad Cafe: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "The cafe, Fort William Henry Hotel." Welcome to the Purgatory Room, with cocktails and dancing nightly in the Limbo Lounge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

No Place Like Home: 1940

No Place Like Home: 1940

July 1940. Berrien County, Michigan. "Migrant woman from Arkansas in roadside camp of cherry pickers." Our third look at this lady next to the battered sedan that her family calls home. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Ladies Parlor: 1910

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Ladies Parlor: 1910

Bluff Point, New York, circa 1910. "Hotel Champlain, ladies' parlor." Continuing our tour of upstate New York resorts. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Face-Off: 1960

Face-Off: 1960

In this work, the photographer presciently foreshadows the essential dialectic that was to become the touchstone of the nineteen sixties. The polarities of the cultural rift that was to come is limned by the stark juxtaposition of iconic figures: one, a near-Kerouacian embodiment of the rejection of middle-class bourgeois values and mores, confronts his antithetical archetype, himself a veritable paradigm of conventional managerial-class affectations. Note also the seemingly aleatory disposition of deceptively mundane objects: the "bullet" lamps, an allusion to the violence intrinsic to the enforcement of conformist societal imperatives; the desk with no legs, an unconscious admission of the illusory foundations of work-ethic mythologies. Most tellingly, a copy of the Declaration of Independence is inexorably detaching itself from the wall, an ironic metaphor for the impermanence of superficial obeisance to culturally-imposed eschatology.

Back here on planet Earth, I'll point out that this is my brother visiting his college friend Bob in his room at the Blue Rock Apartments in Larkspur, California. The misè-en-scene was captured by me with my then-new Kodak Starmite. The negative is gone, and all that's left is this Scotch-taped print. View full size.

Union Trust: 1906

Union Trust: 1906

Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1906. "Union Trust building." This architectural equivalent of a dandy with a diamond stickpin practically screams "Look at me!" 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dinner at ∞

Dinner at ∞

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "Main dining room, Fort William Henry Hotel." Two for dinner? Excellent. But there's a wait. View full size.

 

The Grotto: 1908

The Grotto: 1908

Lake George, New York, circa 1908. "The Grotto, Fort William Henry Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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