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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Small Dwelling: 1939

Small Dwelling: 1939

Savannah, Georgia. 1939 or 1944. "Davenport tenement, small dwelling, Houston and State streets." 8x10 negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Factory Town: 1910

Factory Town: 1910

Homestead, Pennsylvania, circa 1910. "Homestead Steel Works, Carnegie Steel Co." 8x10 inch dry negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Heart of New York: 1907

The Heart of New York: 1907

Circa 1907. "The heart of New York (Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn)." The Singer Building rises. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Prize: 1921

The Prize: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Times boy and bicycle." One of the winners of a Washington Times subscription-selling contest and his prize, a Mead Ranger bike. More here and here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Mothproof: 1920

Mothproof: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Peoples Drug Store, 14th & U." A nighttime view of the store seen here and here and here. Your headquarters for "tar bags." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Night Watch: 1910

Night Watch: 1910

November 1910. Birmingham, Alabama. "A.D.T. boys (telegraph messengers). 'They all smokes.' " Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Pike's Peak: 1901

Pike's Peak: 1901

Colorado circa 1901. "Station and hotel, summit of Pike's Peak." 8x10 inch glass transparency, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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