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.
Vintage photos of:
1920. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Sandy Spring Bank Robbery." The First National Bank in Sandy Spring, where on April 26, 1920, seven armed robbers killed one employee, locked the rest in the vault and made off with $5,000 in cash and securities. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.
March 1943. "Camouflage class at New York University, where men and women are preparing for jobs in the Army or in industry. This model has been camouflaged and photographed. The girl is correcting oversights detected in the camouflaging of a model defense plant." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.
Detroit circa 1912. "Dime Savings Bank, Woodward & Willis branch." As is often the case with these glass plates, a supporting player steals the scene: Jordan's Cafeteria, where the Small Steak is 20 cents. The friendly loan officers next door can help with that. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
Detroit circa 1910. "Michigan Central Railroad tunnel." Other points of interest include the manufactory of American Injector (maker of U.S. Injectors and World Injectors), a large sign proclaiming ROYAL SALAD DRESSING, a number of men working on the railroad, and a fellow reading a newspaper. View full size.