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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

One Fine Day: 1951

One Fine Day: 1951

"Grace, Sally & Hubert -- 18 Sept 1951." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes finds the Tuttles out enjoying a fine sunny day. View full size.

Secretary of War: 1897

Secretary of War: 1897

January 1897. "U.S.S. Brooklyn, First Sergeant, Marine Corps." Our second look at this battleship's typewriters. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The New Frontier: 1963

The New Frontier: 1963

"Dulles International Airport, Chantilly, Virginia, 1958-63. Eero Saarinen, architect. Mobile lounge, control tower and terminal." All we need now is an airplane. Medium format negative by Balthazar Korab. View full size.

 

Bureau of Fire: 1919

Bureau of Fire: 1919

"1919 vehicle at fire hall." Copied onto a circa-1950s sheet of Eastman X-ray film, and snapped up by Shorpy as soon as he saw it on eBay. View full size.

 

Toledo Club: 1901

Toledo Club: 1901

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1901. "Toledo Club." Convenient to the Steinway store and QUARTERS. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Maumee Deepest: 1899

Maumee Deepest: 1899

1899. "Toledo Yacht Club. View from Riverside Park on Maumee River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Shipshape: 1897

Shipshape: 1897

March 16, 1897. "U.S.S. Brooklyn, office of executive officer." Note the ancient typewriter. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 
 
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