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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.

 
 
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Baby Buggy Parade: 1900

Baby Buggy Parade: 1900

Circa 1900. "Recreation dock (amusement pier), New York." Check your brakes! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Waterfront: 1900

On the Waterfront: 1900

New York City circa 1900. "Shipping at East River docks." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Street View Car: 1923

Street View Car: 1923

        This early prototype "Go-Ogle Auto-Rig" was operated by a driver and a lensman who fed motion picture film into the 360-degree camera at the rate of 90 feet per minute. After being conveyed through the mobile developing tank, footage was viewed using a stereopticon indexed to a telephone directory.

March 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Test car, Bureau of Standards." See above for details. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hundreds Dead: 1947

Hundreds Dead: 1947

April 17, 1947. "Armed troops form a roadblock at Texas City, Texas, as all persons, including workers, were barred from entering the area where new explosions were expected. Fire in huge oil storage tanks burns in background." New York World-Telegram and the Sun Newspaper Collection. View full size.

Suwannee Belle: 1959

Suwannee Belle: 1959

January 1959. "Boating on Florida's Suwannee River. Bud and Pat Boyett, with children Vic and Becky, vacationing on their boat near paddlewheeler Belle of Suwannee." Color transparency by Frank Bauman, in our second shot from this assignment for Look magazine. View full size.

First Class Sanitary Barber: 1935

First Class Sanitary Barber: 1935

November 16, 1935. "New Orleans photographs -- 1123 Royal Street." Hi, Bob! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

X-Ray: 1922

X-Ray: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "X-ray at Garfield Hospital." We'll have you patched up in no time, kiddo. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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