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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EGYPT FOR WINTER SUNSHINE, 1937

When Hustle Met Bustle: 1919

When Hustle Met Bustle: 1919

Detroit circa 1919. "View of Woodward Avenue and Washington Boulevard; Whitney Building and Grand Circus Park." Also one of the "Winged Victory" statues seen earlier here. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Duplex Fixer-Upper: 1905

Duplex Fixer-Upper: 1905

Jacksonville, Florida (vicinity), circa 1905. The unfortunate title for this one in the Detroit Publishing catalog: "A Darky Homestead." Note the birdhouse on the dormer. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Colorful Cleveland: 1911

Colorful Cleveland: 1911

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1911. "The Public Square -- Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument." A bustling scene, patriotically decorated. View full size.

 

Over the Top: 1923

Over the Top: 1923

April 21, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Gartley -- U of Virginia, American Legion track meet, Central High stadium." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Big Wheel: 1977

Big Wheel: 1977

Medford, Mass., late fall 1977. A vintage Big Wheel toy by Mattel. (You can tell it's Mattel -- it's swell!) Kids were crazy for these things. Back when kids played outside! View full size.

Men in Black: 1904

Men in Black: 1904

Dayton, Ohio, circa 1904. "Conover Building." This 13-story structure, later enlarged, still stands at Third and Main. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Glory of Grain: 1985

The Glory of Grain: 1985

As photographic film continues its inexorable decline to the status of quaint, if not forgotten, technology, I offer this example demonstrating one of its often-derided properties: grain. If you follow home video fora, you'll see many who think it's something to be minimized if not expunged entirely. Of course, grain is why there is an image in the first place. I think the heavy grain structure in this 35mm Kodacolor 1000 negative I shot in 1985 lends a rather painterly quality, especially viewed full-size. The flatironish building in the center is San Francisco's Columbus Tower, aka the Sentinel Building, begun a year before the earthquake and completed a year later in 1907. Since 1970, it's been the headquarters of Francis Ford Coppola's American Zoetrope studio; The Godfather was edited and sound- mixed here. Also, a K-car an M-body Chrysler Fifth Avenue taxi. View full size.

 
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