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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.

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Traction Building: 1906

Traction Building: 1906

Circa 1906. "Traction Building, Walnut and Fifth, Cincinnati, O." Nowadays known as the Tri-State Building. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Social Climbers: 1925

Social Climbers: 1925

San Francisco circa 1925. "Velie touring car ascending steps." As well as promoting the Philadelphia Sesquicentennial of 1926. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Character Study: 1941

Character Study: 1941

July 1941. "Chicago, Illinois. Man watching subway construction." 35mm negative by John Vachon for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Tithing Dept.: 1902

Tithing Dept.: 1902

1902. "Tithing department, National Cash Register Co., Dayton, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Window on the World: 1943

Window on the World: 1943

This is my colorized version of "Woman and her dog in the Harlem section," snapped in 1943 by Gordon Parks. View full size.

Michigan Sugar: 1908

Michigan Sugar: 1908

1908. "Michigan Sugar Co., Saginaw." Processor of sugar beets. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Our Merry Oldsmobile: 1939

Our Merry Oldsmobile: 1939

1939. "General Motors exhibit, Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Girls in Oldsmobile convertible coupe." Anyone need a lift? 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 
 
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