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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 • BRIDGE AT ARGENTEUIL, 1874

A Horse's Tail: 1914

A Horse's Tail: 1914

April 27, 1914. Detroit, Michigan. "Stables, Gordon & Pagel Co. bakery." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Herald Square: 1908

Herald Square: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Herald Square." Panorama composed of two 8x10 inch glass negatives, digitally merged, showing Broadway at 34th Street. Landmarks include the the New York Herald newspaper building (with its clockwork blacksmith bell-ringers and electrified owls), Sixth Avenue elevated tracks, New York Times building and Hotel Astor. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Look Out for the Engine: 1910

Look Out for the Engine: 1910

Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Boston and Maine Railroad depot, Riley Plaza." Our second look at this castle-depot and its steam-snorting iron horse. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Unknown Flapper: 1922

The Unknown Flapper: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Unidentified woman." Trying to tell us ... something. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Deep End: 1925

The Deep End: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Central High School swimming pool." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Munger Motor: 1920

Munger Motor: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Munger Motor & Mfg. Co., front." On the minus side of the ledger, this glass negative has light leaks, dirt, mold and probably halitosis. On the plus side we have beer, motorbikes, circus posters and Freedom Lunch. This circa 1890s Pabst brewery on North Capitol Street would be returning to its beverage roots (minus the alcohol) in just a few years as the Whistle Bottling Works. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Film Crew: 1974

Film Crew: 1974

On location in Santa Cruz, California, my brother and me, garbed appropriately for the period. My Braun Nizo was something like the BMW of Super-8 movie cameras (the Bolex being perhaps the Mercedes): f1.8 11-to-1 zoom lens, lap dissolve function, 18, 24 and 54 fps filming speeds, auto and manual exposure. I see I haven't yet gotten my Bilora tripod with the super-smooth pan head. I'm 28, and already wisps of gray hair are appearing. Cropped from a 35mm Ektachrome shot by my sister-in-law. View full size.

 
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