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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 • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Powder Monkey: 1865

Powder Monkey: 1865

Circa 1864-65. "Powder monkey by gun of U.S.S. New Hampshire, Federal depot ship off Charleston, South Carolina." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Empire State Express: 1905

Empire State Express: 1905

Syracuse, New York, circa 1905. "Empire State Express (New York Central Railroad) passing thru Washington Street." Our second look at one of these urban express trains. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Down and Out in Omaha: 1938

Down and Out in Omaha: 1938

November 1938. Omaha, Nebraska. "Lower Douglas Street, where the unemployed hang out." 35mm negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 

Bancroft House: 1907

Bancroft House: 1907

Saginaw, Mich., circa 1907. "Bancroft House Hotel." Note the transit schedule on the corner, "Interurban cars for Bay City." Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Hiram Walker: 1900

Hiram Walker: 1900

Walkerville, Ontario, circa 1900. "Rack warehouse, Hiram Walker & Sons." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Grand Central: 1908

Grand Central: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Excavations for N.Y. Central station." Grand Central Terminal under construction as its predecessor, Grand Central Station, comes down next door; in the far distance, the Metropolitan Life tower rises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Surf Patrol: 1900

Surf Patrol: 1900

Two sheets to the wind circa 1900. "Sailing on the beach. Ormond, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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