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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 • CITY OF RUINS AND ROSES, c. 1930

Frigidaire: 1951

Frigidaire: 1951

June 1, 1951. "Raymond Loewy Associates, 'Look' kitchen." Which evidently had something to do with Look magazine. Oven-range and refrigerator by Frigidaire. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Peerless Dental Parlors: 1905

Peerless Dental Parlors: 1905

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1905. "Cincinnati, Hamilton and Dayton Railroad office, Woodward & Jefferson Aves." Last seen here, without the barefoot newsie. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Game ON: 1952

Game ON: 1952

"Card game at Floyd's -- Feb. 11, 1952." In this latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes (or is it a Mama's Family prequel?) we have, going clockwise from lower left, Dottie, Ivan, Grace, Rach and Floyd playing Rummy Royal, with the empty chair belonging to Hubert, who took the picture. View full size.

Cafeteria Cuisine: 1943

Cafeteria Cuisine: 1943

May 1943. "Keysville, Virginia. Randolph Henry High School cafeteria. Typical lunch for 15 cents: candied yams, macaroni and cheese, fruit salad, deviled eggs, dessert and milk. Milk is free and children can have as much as they want." Photo by Philip Bonn for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

School Lunch: 1943

School Lunch: 1943

May 1943. "Keysville, Virginia. Randolph Henry High School. Kitchen of cafeteria. Lunches cost about 15 cents. Students don't have much money and they bring produce from farms and receive tickets." Photo by Philip Bonn. View full size.

 

REO Speed Wagon: 1922

REO Speed Wagon: 1922

January 1922. "Three REO 'speed wagons' delivered by Trew Motor Co. to the D.C. Police Department for patrols." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

High Office: 1909

High Office: 1909

New York in 1909. "Metropolitan Life Insurance Building and Madison Square." The Met Life tower in the final stages of construction, with various scaffolds and platforms attached. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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