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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Smokestack Industry: 1906

Smokestack Industry: 1906

Ensley, Alabama, circa 1906. "Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Co. furnaces." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Penn Station: 1910

Penn Station: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Pennsylvania Station, track level, showing stairway and elevators." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Sitting Room: 1905

The Sitting Room: 1905

Circa 1905. "Parlor, Kaaterskill Hotel, Catskill Mountains, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Toledo: 1909

Toledo: 1909

Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Maumee River waterfront." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Brothers: 1912/1985

Brothers: 1912/1985

1912: My father (right) and his younger brother pose for a traveling photographer outside their home in Santa Rosa, California. 1985: 73 years later, they reenact the photo for my sister in our yard in Larkspur. This was the last time they were together; my father passed away six months later, and my uncle in 1988.

California Vacation: 1956

California Vacation: 1956

Marineland of the Pacific on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in 1956. Left to right are my two cousins visiting from Texas, myself, and my brother. Inside the 1955 DeSoto are my Granny and my Aunt. We are all enjoying our ice cream at the end of a day of watching the fishes. All but my little brother, that is. His ice cream has rolled out of the cone and can just barely be seen on the ground at his feet on the right. It wasn't the first or the last time that would happen to him. View full size.

The Roundhouse: 1864

The Roundhouse: 1864

November 1864. "Railroad yards at Atlanta. The Roundhouse. Ruins of depot, blown up on Sherman's departure." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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