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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 • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Cycle Cops: 1918

Cycle Cops: 1918

Washington, D.C., 1918. "District of Columbia parks -- park policemen." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fred Wile: 1928

Fred Wile: 1928

Washington D.C., circa 1928. "Frederic William Wile, well-known scribe." Newspaperman and radio commentator who in 1916 authored a guide to the German political situation called "Who's Who in Hunland." View full size.

 

Visibility: Spotty

Visibility: Spotty

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Flights and test of Rex Smith biplane flown by Antony Jannus. The plane with Rufus R. Bermann, wireless operator, and Fred Aubert." Whose somewhat pixilated appearance can be attributed to mold on the emulsion. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Open Sesame: 1907

Open Sesame: 1907

Chicago, Illinois, circa 1907. "Jackknife Bridge, Chicago River." The Pueblo passing through the open span. Glass negative by Hans Behm. View full size.

 

Jackknife Bridge: 1907

Jackknife Bridge: 1907

Chicago, Illinois, circa 1907. "Jackknife Bridge, Chicago River." Our second look at this riveting (and riveted) span. Glass negative by Hans Behm. View full size.

 

McGraw Building: 1908

McGraw Building: 1908

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1908. "McGraw Building and Michigan Savings Bank." At the corner of Griswold and Lafayette, this earlier portrayal of the building shown in the previous post affords a better view of the Lafayette Barber Shop, home of "Electric Vibration Face & Scalp Treatment." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

German American Bank: 1911

German American Bank: 1911

Circa 1911. "Postal Telegraph Cable office below German American Bank. Possibly Detroit, Michigan." Downstairs: Lafayette Barber, offering Shower and Needle Baths, and something to do with electric vibra[...]. View full size. For a closeup of the Model T, click here. For the rest of the building, see this post.

 
 
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