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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 • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

The Bowery: 1905

The Bowery: 1905

New York circa 1905. "The Bowery." The Third Avenue El, slicing through one of the Big Apple's seedier sections. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The Big P.O.: 1912

The Big P.O.: 1912

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. "Detroit Post Office." Behold the sooty Motor City. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Nightline: 1924

Nightline: 1924

The year is 1924 and the city is Washington, D.C. What's going on here? Your guesses, educated and otherwise, welcome in the Comments box. View full size.
UPDATE: As correctly surmised in the very first comments, these are baseball fans. The original caption: "October 3, 1924. Washington, D.C. Waiting in line for tickets for the opening game of the World Series. Picture snapped at 10 p.m. October 3rd, twenty-four hours before the tickets will be placed on sale."

 

Assimilates the Food: 1922

Assimilates the Food: 1922

October 21, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Shriners barbecue." And a promotion for Prohibition-era Bud. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Tuller: 1980s

Hotel Tuller: 1980s

A circa 1980s look at the Tuller Hotel, seen earlier here and here. "Tuller Hotel, 501-521 Park Boulevard. The Tuller Hotel was one of the largest luxury hotels in Detroit in the early twentieth century, with 800 rooms, each with a private bath. It was also the first hotel built in Detroit's Grand Circus Park district. Lew Whiting Tuller (1869-1957), who erected and operated this hotel, was a major builder of hotels and apartment houses in Detroit in the 1900s and 1910s. The three distinct buildings share a common Italian Renaissance styling." Photograph and caption by the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Hotel Cadillac: 1914

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1914. "Hotel Cadillac." Plus a variation on the 8:17 jeweler's clock sign. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Stuff It: 1922

Stuff It: 1922

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1922. "Balch School students." Note the bin at left marked "STUFF ME with waste paper." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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