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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

Little Italy: 1900

Little Italy: 1900

Little Italy circa 1900. "Mulberry Street, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Their New Home: 1971

Their New Home: 1971

A Kodachrome moment in November 1971, shortly after my sister and her family, newly transplanted from Diamond Bar in Southern California, moved into their new home in the Bahia section of Novato. I'm not quite sure how you'd describe the architectural style, but that was it in Bahia. Here I've captured my brother-in-law getting gardening advice from my father, who's hauled us up from Larkspur in our 1966 Rambler Classic wagon. The other vehicle I'm sure needs no introduction. My nephew Dave, age six, strolls out into the cul-de-sac. Antennas at the left are for San Francisco radio station KCBS. View full size.

Belle of Bohemia: 1900

Belle of Bohemia: 1900

New York City circa 1900. "Casino Theatre, Broadway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Down Under: 1904

Down Under: 1904

New York City circa 1904. "In the subway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Great Northern: 1900

Great Northern: 1900

Chicago circa 1895-1900. "Great Northern Hotel and office building." Along with perhaps the earliest appearance on these pages of Coca-Cola signage. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Gold Coin Mine: 1900

Gold Coin Mine: 1900

Circa 1900. "Victor, Colorado. Gold Coin Mine." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Manuel Labor: 1911

Manuel Labor: 1911

August 1911. Fall River, Mass. "Group containing the following boys who work in the Sagamore Mfg Co. Manuel Correira, 144 Cove Street, works in Spinning room on top floor. Said, 'I only help Mother.' He was apparently 13 or 14. Manuel Oliver, George Street, works in card room. Seems surely only 12 years old. Manuel Benevirdes, 30 Otto Street, works on top floor. Manuel Rage, 51 George Street, works in spinning room on fourth floor. John Oliver, 93 Slater Street, works in spinning room on third floor. Joseph Ariuda, 23 Shorr Street, works in spinning room on third floor." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 
 
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