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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Joined by Fiat: 1974

Joined by Fiat: 1974

Another mirth-provoking look at the clothing, footwear and vehicle choices of the 70s, just a bit down the street from a similar scene three years earlier. This time, in January 1974, I join my brother and sister-in-law in a pose by their now different green foreign car, a Fiat station wagon. I'll leave it up to the chorus of commenters as to whether the various changes overall represent progress or regression. I'll only say that once again, my sister-in-law is the most stylish. Kodachrome 64 slide from my brother's camera. View full size.

War of the Worlds: 1905

War of the Worlds: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "The Campus Martius." This middle section of a three-part panorama features City Hall and one of Detroit's celebrated arc-lamp standards, or "moonlight towers" -- appropriately reminiscent of Wells and Verne in a plaza named after Mars. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Pompeia: 1901

The Pompeia: 1901

Saratoga Springs, New York, circa 1901. "Atrium in the House of Pansa." Replica of an ancient Roman home at the Pompeia, a museum in the upstate New York resort town of Saratoga Springs offering "Illustrations of History and Art." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Streetcar Named Henry: 1905

A Streetcar Named Henry: 1905

Back to the sunny South circa 1905. "Carondelet Street, New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Frosted Fifth: 1905

Frosted Fifth: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Fifth Avenue after a snow storm." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tidily Trimmed: 1901

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Tidily Trimmed: 1901

Mississippi circa 1901. "Gate to the Hamilton residence, Bay St. Louis." Mrs. Hamilton, perhaps, showing off her neatly sculpted entryway. View full size.

 

Indianapolis: 1905

Indianapolis: 1905

Circa 1905. "Commercial Club building, Indianapolis, Indiana." Looking west on Pearl Street at South Meridian. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size | Detail

 
 
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