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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Netherland and Savoy: 1905

Netherland and Savoy: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Hotels Netherland and Savoy, Fifth Avenue and East 58th." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Networking: 1905

Networking: 1905

Gloucester, Massachusetts, circa 1905. "Fisherman getting ready for a trip." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Keep Calm and Carry On: 1939

Keep Calm and Carry On: 1939

Printed in 1939 by His Majesty's Stationery Office on orders of England's Ministry of Information, "Keep Calm and Carry On" was, despite being run off in vast quantities along with two related posters, never seen during World War II; the event that would have triggered its release -- a German invasion of the British Isles -- never happened. And so the posters, bearing the crest of King George VI, were shredded in 1945, with a small number saved in the archives of the Imperial War Museum. It was not to emerge again until 2000, when a tattered copy was discovered lining a box in a secondhand bookstore in Northumberland.

Since then its alt-appeal has grown to the point where the design has become a full-fledged Internet meme, variations of the "Keep Calm" sentiment appearing on blogs, mugs, T-shirts and posters. Now including this one presented by Vintagraph and printed by Juniper Gallery on a variety of archival stocks in the original red as well as other hues. You will probably not find a nicer version of KCaCO offered in as wide a choice of sizes and colors, with the original typography -- font, proportions and spacing faithfully reproduced. Hang one in your office, den or dorm and you'll find yourself Carrying On with surprising serenity.

Looking Down: 1905

Looking Down: 1905

Dutchess County, New York, circa 1905. "Mount Beacon Incline Railway, looking down, Fishkill-on-the-Hudson." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel McAlpin: 1912

Hotel McAlpin: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Hotel McAlpin, Herald Square." 1,500 rooms with, the sign informs, "communicating baths." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Dime Bank: 1912

Dime Bank: 1912

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1912. "Dime Savings Bank." The slot must be in the top. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Upper Manhattan: 1907

Upper Manhattan: 1907

New York circa 1907. "Singer Building under construction." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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