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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 • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

D.C. Tenement: 1935

D.C. Tenement: 1935

Summer 1935. "Washington, D.C., alley dwelling. The clutter of filth, debris and tin cans all have highly utilitarian purposes. Many of the houses are without gas, water, or electric connections." Note the Capitol dome at the top of the frame. Our second look at this abode. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Try Our Golden Crumpets

Try Our Golden Crumpets

1950s. Wellington, New Zealand. "Interior of Sunshine Milk Bar lined with booths, photographed by K.E. Niven & Co." Large-format acetate negative, K.E. Niven & Co. Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library. View full size.

 

Bicycle Queen: 1959

Bicycle Queen: 1959

March 20, 1959. "Sixteen-year-old actress Annette Funicello, Bicycle Queen of 1959." New York World-Telegram and Sun Photo Collection. View full size.

 

Eats, Liquors: 1943

Eats, Liquors: 1943

March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona. Pulling into the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railyard." With much helpful signage. Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Needle's Eye: 1943

Needle's Eye: 1943

March 1943. Needles, California. "General view of street leading to depot of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

For the Ladies: 1912

For the Ladies: 1912

Washington, D.C., circa 1912. "National Safe Deposit Savings & Trust Co., 15th St. & New York Avenue." Note the PUBLIC TOILET FOR WOMEN, possibly for a parade. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Le Grand Pont: 1910

Le Grand Pont: 1910

June 30, 1910. "Traveling bridge - Marseilles, France." 5x7 acetate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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