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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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Company B: 1864

Company B: 1864

August 1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Siege of Petersburg. Group of Company B, U.S. Engineer Battalion." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Iroquois: 1905

Hotel Iroquois: 1905

Buffalo, New York, circa 1905. "Hotel Iroquois." A nice selection of ghost pedestrians in this time exposure. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Character Study: 1964

Character Study: 1964

"Cornett family, Kentucky, 1964." One of the Cornett boys on the front porch after working hard at something. Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Incline Saloon: 1907

Incline Saloon: 1907

Duluth, Minnesota, circa 1907. "Up the incline railway from Superior Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

All Our Children: 1964

All Our Children: 1964

Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1964. "Entire Cornett family on porch; Willie, Vivian and twelve children." Print from 35mm negative by William Gedney. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Willie and Vivian: 1964

Willie and Vivian: 1964

"Leatherwood, Kentucky, 1964. Willie and Vivian Cornett sitting on porch." Willie, a recently laid off coal miner, and wife Vivian had 12 children when William Gedney snapped this exposure on his first visit with the Cornett family. Gedney Photographs and Writings Collection, Duke University. View full size.

Gaston Street: 1939

Gaston Street: 1939

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1939. "312 Gaston Street West." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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