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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Up Market: 1906

Up Market: 1906

San Francisco in the aftermath of the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. "Up Market Street from Montgomery Street." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Frisbee Moxie Witch House: 1906

Frisbee Moxie Witch House: 1906

Salem, Mass., circa 1906. "The Old Witch House." Spells, signs and portents, with an emphasis on signs. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

All the Livelong Day: 1901

All the Livelong Day: 1901

Joliet, Illinois, circa 1901. "Chicago & Alton Railroad. Track elevating at grade crossing." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Quarter: 1903

The Quarter: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Old French courtyard." Shabby chic alfresco. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Dawn of Botts Dots: 1969

The Dawn of Botts Dots: 1969

Three years after the first Botts dots were installed on a California highway, I took this Kodachrome going south on US 101 at the Alto interchange in Marin County, California. This was when it was still a full cloverleaf, with its hair-raisingly overlapping entry and exit lanes below the overpass. Off to the left, Belvedere and Tiburon; to the right, Mill Valley. Again, this is the era of Volkswagen Beetle ubiquity: there are at least three visible here, one in its favorite habitat, the fast lane. View full size.

Absinthe Room: 1906

Absinthe Room: 1906

New Orleans circa 1906. "Old Absinthe House -- the bar." No obvious patrons except for a number of barflies. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Banana Boat: 1903

Banana Boat: 1903

Circa 1903. "Unloading bananas at New Orleans, Louisiana." An alternate view of this scene. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 
 
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