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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

Retrofit: 1920

Retrofit: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Mrs. Wilson Compton." The sunny Compton kitchen, equipped with a modern gas stove. View full size.

 

Sun Porch: 1920

Sun Porch: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Mrs. Wilson Compton." One of 10 glass negatives so labeled, none of them actually showing Mrs. Compton. View full size.

 

Sixth Avenue Shoppers: 1903

Sixth Avenue Shoppers: 1903

Circa 1903. "Shoppers on Sixth Avenue, New York City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Duluthorama: 1905

Duluthorama: 1905

Circa 1905. "Duluth, Minnesota." Another view from the Zenith City panoramic series. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Icecapade: 1920

Icecapade: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Penrose car, accident." Beside Senator Boies Penrose's car, casualties here include a mailbox, emergency call box and a lamppost. The tree survives with a dented trunk. View full size.

 

Morris Hurowitz: 1909

Morris Hurowitz: 1909

March 7, 1909. Hartford, Connecticut. "Sunday morning. Morris Hurowitz, 10 years old. Been selling two years. Sells Saturday until 8 p.m. Starts out again Sunday at 7 a.m. Sells 25 or more Sunday papers. Is a bright business-like chap, but shows signs of nervousness (eye twitching, etc.)." View full size.

 

Junior Varsity: 1911

Junior Varsity: 1911

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Georgetown basketball." Our second look at the Georgetown Preparatory School JV squad. Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 
 
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