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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

The Roundhouse: 1864

The Roundhouse: 1864

November 1864. "Railroad yards at Atlanta. The Roundhouse. Ruins of depot, blown up on Sherman's departure." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Athletes: 1897

The Athletes: 1897

Circa 1897. "U.S.S. Oregon -- the athletes." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Macys Herald Square: 1908

Macys Herald Square: 1908

New York circa 1908. "R.H. Macy & Co., Herald Square." Broadway at 34th Street, with a glimpse of the Sixth Avenue elevated tracks. Other Shorpy landmarks include Lucio's Pearls and a couple of the electric hansom cabs seen in a previous post. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing. View full size.

 

Washington Prayer Siren: 1918

Washington Prayer Siren: 1918

Washington, D.C., August 1918. "Angelus siren on roof of Evans building." Every day at noon, Get Behind the Government and Pray for Victory. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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