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.
Brooklyn, New York, circa 1901. "Brighton Beach." Where, as noted on the sign, "Neither indecent bathing suits nor immodest deportment will be tolerated." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
New York circa 1910. "Pell Street, Chinatown." Mon Lay Won, a restaurant that billed itself as the "Chinese Delmonico," figured in the Tong Wars of the early 20th century. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.
August 4, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Coolidge and wife." Grace and Calvin Coolidge (wearing a mourning band), two days after his ascension to the presidency following the death of Warren Harding. National Photo Co. View full size.
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