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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.

 
 
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Extra Firm: 1905

Extra Firm: 1905

Circa 1905, location not specified. "Please go 'way and let me sleep." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Spray Beer: 1908

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Spray Beer: 1908

Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1908. "Imperial Hotel." Where the thirsty traveler could partake of the evocatively named Spray Beer. Around the corner was a Temperance House, whose amenities might have included a milk bar. At left, a political banner advertises the Democratic presidential ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Good Coal and Wood: 1909

Good Coal and Wood: 1909

New York circa 1909. "Broadway -- Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Come Fly With Me: 1911

Come Fly With Me: 1911

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1911. "Senorita Lenore Riviero with Antony Jannus in Rex Smith aeroplane." Please fasten your seatbelts (or skirts) while we prepare for departure. Tony Jannus, the pioneering but short-lived Washington aviator, a few years before his final flight landed him somewhere at the bottom of the Black Sea. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hattie and the Cat: 1925

Hattie and the Cat: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Mrs. Thaddeus Caraway and cat." The cat's accomplishments are lost to history, but Hattie Caraway went on to become a two-term U.S. Senator, the first woman ever elected to that office. View full size.

 

Poughkeepsie Bridge: 1905

Poughkeepsie Bridge: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Poughkeepsie Bridge." Another look at the giant railroad bridge over the Hudson River. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Poughkeepsie Station: 1890s

Poughkeepsie Station: 1890s

Poughkeepsie, New York, circa 1890s. "Poughkeepsie Station." With a view of the Poughkeepsie Bridge across the Hudson River. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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