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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Charleston: 1910

Charleston: 1910

Circa 1910. "Charleston, South Carolina." A back-door view of the waterfront. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Milk Mare: 1910

Milk Mare: 1910

New Orleans circa 1910. "A typical milk cart." At the Shaving Parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Second Home: 1943

Second Home: 1943

January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The caboose is the conductor's second home. He always uses the same one and many conductors cook and sleep there while waiting for trains to take back from division points." Medium format nitrate negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Model Kitchen: 1926

Model Kitchen: 1926

"Woodward & Lothrop kitchen." A display at the Washington, D.C., department store circa 1926. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Immigrants: 1955

Immigrants: 1955

49 years after they arrived from Italy, my father and grandmother pose at her new home in Calpella, California. He's 53, she's 73. In the background beyond the fence, part of the vineyard my grandfather had sold a couple years before after working it for almost 40 years. Also, our 1948 Hudson. One of my brother's first Ektachrome slides, restored and color-corrected. View full size.

Twitter: 1921

Twitter: 1921

August 3, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Mrs. Jno. W. Clarke." Shown tweeting. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

An Uphill Climb: 1928

An Uphill Climb: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Demonstration of Four Wheel Drive truck." Another view of the exciting truck trials first glimpsed here and here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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