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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

Florida Skin: 1941

Florida Skin: 1941

February 1941. "Migratory laborers and vegetable pickers playing a game of 'skin' in back of juke joint and bar in the Belle Glade area of south central Florida." Medium format acetate negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Central Mexicano: 1891

Central Mexicano: 1891

        One of William Henry Jackson's "mammoth plate" exposures, made using 18x22 inch glass negatives, a massive view camera, assorted assistants, pack animals and a mobile darkroom that he hauled around by rail with chartered locomotives. This image comes from a number of 8x10 copy negatives exposed in the 1890s from the original 18x22 mammoth plates, which evidently are too big or fragile to scan.

1891. "Mexican Central Railway -- bridge over the Santa Rosa River." 8x10 glass plate made from an 18x22 negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Casa Siete: 1939

Casa Siete: 1939

February 1939. "Shack of war veteran with view along Nueces Bay. Corpus Christi, Texas." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Fox River Mills: 1899

Fox River Mills: 1899

Circa 1899. "Fox River at Aurora, Illinois. Scene on the Chicago & North Western Railway." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Elmhurst Depot: 1899

Elmhurst Depot: 1899

Elmhurst, Illinois, circa 1899. "Chicago & North Western Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

East Grand: 1910

East Grand: 1910

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "East Grand Boulevard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mommy's Little Soldier: 1939

Mommy's Little Soldier: 1939

February 1939. "In a carrot pullers' camp, Imperial Valley, California, near Holtville. Women from Broken Bow, Oklahoma." Medium format negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Radio City: 1932

Radio City: 1932

December 7, 1932. "International Music Hall, Radio City, Rockefeller Center, New York. House with curtain down, from main orchestra." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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