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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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Beech Street: 1910

Beech Street: 1910

Circa 1910. "Beech Street -- Manchester, New Hampshire." Note the carbon arc lamp and its elaborate rigging. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Dixie Flyer: 1920

Dixie Flyer: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Potomac Sales Co., front." Adding to the scant contemporary documentation of the Dixie Flyer, one of many "assembled cars" (i.e., major components supplied by third parties) from the early years of motoring. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

West of Dodge: 1957

West of Dodge: 1957

July 1957. "Actor James Arness filming on location for the television series Gunsmoke." Photo by Maurice Terrell for the Look magazine article "Jim Arness: Hero of Gunsmoke." View full size.

Young Salt: 1943

Young Salt: 1943

January 1943. "New York. Sixteen-year-old boy who is in the naval reserve on Mulberry Street." Along with a trove of telephone graffiti that looks as old as he is. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Shoe City: 1920

Shoe City: 1920

"Hahn's Coliseum, interior." A flag-bedecked footwear sale held by the Hahn's chain of shoe stores at Washington D.C.'s Center Market in July 1920. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ladies Bathing Place: 1890s

Ladies Bathing Place: 1890s

Circa 1890s-1900. "Beach and ladies' bathing place, Margate, England." Here we see a fixture of Victorian seaside resorts, the "bathing machine" -- a sort of horse-drawn cabana that was backed into the water and from which the lady would emerge, having changed into her bathing-petticoat, let out the back entrance by an attendant and, if an uncertain swimmer, tethered with a rope. Photochrom print, Catalogue J (1905), Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

A Show of Hands: 1910

A Show of Hands: 1910

Circa 1910. "R.R. station at Manchester, New Hampshire." With a choice of time zones. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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