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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Nawlins: 1903

Nawlins: 1903

Circa 1903. The caption for this glass negative has been misplaced -- who will be the first person to identify this city and its famous thoroughfare? UPDATE: And the answer is, as most guessers correctly guessed, Canal Street in New Orleans! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Wabash Bridge: 1908

Wabash Bridge: 1908

Circa 1908. "Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. Wabash Bridge, Monongahela River." Back when Pittsburgh was sans H. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

That Toddlin Town: 1900

That Toddlin Town: 1900

September 1, 1900. Chicago, Illinois. "Madison Street east from Fifth Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Napoleon House: 1905

Napoleon House: 1905

New Orleans circa 1905. "Napoleon House, Chartres Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lush Life: 1937

Lush Life: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Jane Grier." Pictured with a Packard near the old State, War and Navy building. Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

F.B.I. Artiste: 1938

F.B.I. Artiste: 1938

October 19, 1938. Washington, D.C. "F.B.I. messenger to exhibit paintings in one-man show. William Samuel Noisette, 37, who is just plain Sam to regular visitors at the office of J. Edgar Hoover, head G-Man, yesterday issued a statement to the press, and when close-mouthed Sam issues a statement, it's news. Sam's statement started out with crime and criminals, but that was just a teaser to lure the reader into the real subject of the release -- Sam's annual one-man art show, to be held at the local YMCA in Washington. Sam is shown with a view of Yellowstone Park painted in 1935, from a Kodak map. He has worked for 28 years in his spare time to create the exhibit." Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Truckin: 1937

Truckin: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Repairing government trucks at the Treasury procurement section." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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