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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.

 
 
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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.

 

Cincinnati: 1915

Cincinnati: 1915

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1915. "View from Mount Adams." At right, a streetcar on the incline railway; the Union Central Insurance tower rises in the distance. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Princess Phone: 1983

Princess Phone: 1983

When my mother wasn't doing crossword puzzles, shopping or waiting on the rest of us hand and foot, she'd be on the phone, and sometime after they were introduced in 1959 she got this pinkish Princess. One reason was so she could move it around, specifically to her primary domain, the kitchen. These came with an old-style connector, not the later modular type. I'm pretty sure it had the external ringer, as I remember the sound of the dining room wall resonating when it went off. Another feature gave her something to rail about. "Imagine! They make you use your own electricity to light up the dial!" This replaced our first dial phone (dial came late to Larkspur, and we were still talking to operators until the late 1950s), a full-sized basic black model. Mother didn't want to pay Pacific Telephone for a decorator color, so she bought a cream-colored plastic shell for it - think "skin" in today's lingo. As for the Princess, I remember usually having to hold the thing down while you dialed, and we were forever knocking the handset off the base. I shot this negative by available light - mix of daylight and incandescent - on 35mm Kodak Vericolor. View full size.

Saturday in the Park: 1905

Saturday in the Park: 1905

Onondaga County, New York, circa 1905. "Long Branch Park, Syracuse." At the right, a banner advertising "moving pictures." 8x10 glass neg. View full size.

 
 
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