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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Operation: 1900

Operation: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Operating room, Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Rochester: 1904

Rochester: 1904

Circa 1904. "State Street, Rochester, New York." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Edge of the 60s

On the Edge of the 60s

Even though it's 1960, it's obvious that the 60s haven't started yet. My eighth grade class photo in Larkspur - or as Dave would say, idyllic Larkspur. I must say, though, that we're looking somewhat less idyllic than when some of us were gathered at the same spot eight years earlier. I'm in the front row, second from left.

So, when did the 60s begin? A case could be made for 1963, 1964 or 1965, but I'm going for 1965. View full size.

Bridge of Sighs: 1905

Bridge of Sighs: 1905

New York City circa 1905. "Bridge of Sighs." Named after a similar span in Venice, this covered passage connected the Tombs prison and Manhattan Criminal Courts building. 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Tombs: 1905

The Tombs: 1905

Circa 1905. "Tombs Prison, New York." The view down Centre Street at Leonard Street. What I wouldn't give for five minutes inside Cosmopolitan Incandescent Supply Co. ("Headquarters for Gas Lamps"), or A. Epstein Novelties & Games! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cathedral Parkway: 1905

Cathedral Parkway: 1905

New York City circa 1905. "110th Street 'L' (elevated) station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bread Lab: 1922

Bread Lab: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Corby's laboratory." A newspaper ad reveals this to be Mrs. M.M. Brooke, "chemist in charge of the Corby Baking Company laboratory." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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