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About the Photos

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

See You Next Fall: 1951

See You Next Fall: 1951

Jan. 19, 1951. "Common accidents in the home." The Accident Lady is back. Have a nice trip! Wellington, New Zealand, Evening Post photo. View full size.

Ninth and H: 1920

Ninth and H: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "9th & H Streets N.W." Home to the National Photo Company, whose work is well represented here on Shorpy, and whose neighbors we've seen here and here. National Photo Co.glass negative. View full size.

 

War Effort: 1865

War Effort: 1865

Circa 1865. "City Point, Virginia. Unloading Federal supplies from transports." Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Church Street: 1911

Church Street: 1911

Burlington, Vermont, circa 1911. "Church Street north from Bank Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Shampoo: 1937

Shampoo: 1937

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1937. "Potomac Electric Power Co. -- Pole setting." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Fill In the Blanks: 1942

Fill In the Blanks: 1942

May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Girls at drugstore." Luncheonette and Fountain Service. But what's the word behind the girls? Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Jurassic Park: 1942

Jurassic Park: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Working on a locomotive at the Chicago & North Western Railroad repair shops." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 
 
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