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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 • THE BOCK BEER MAID, 1886

Direct Hit: 1908

Direct Hit: 1908

Circa 1908. "Manchester, New Hampshire, from Derryfield Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Pressing the Flesh: 1940

Pressing the Flesh: 1940

New York, 1940. "Crowd at Coney Island." Gelatin silver print by Arthur Fellig, the press photographer known as Weegee. View full size.

 

Class Photo: 1900

Class Photo: 1900

This just in from circa 1900 New England, the schoolmarm and her charges. And the schoolyard chicken. 5x8 dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Don't Go Near the Water: 1918

Don't Go Near the Water: 1918

San Francisco circa 1918. "Studebaker sedan off Great Highway at Ocean Beach." In the background, below the Sutro Heights observatory and parapet, is the future site of Playland Amusement Park. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Little White Schoolhouse: 1900

Little White Schoolhouse: 1900

From the same circa 1900 batch of 5x8 glass negatives as Little Boy Blue we bring you more sullen moppets than you can shake a stick at. Which the tot in the middle is holding. Now, smile for your great-great grandchildren. View full size.

 

Little Boy Blue: 1900

Little Boy Blue: 1900

From New England circa 1900 comes a young fellow who looks like he'd rather be somewhere else, wearing anything but this ridiculous getup Aunt Polly made him put on. Good thing they haven't invented the Internet yet, kid. 5x8 inch glass negative, probably an estate-sale find. View full size.

 

Monumental Lincoln: 1925

Monumental Lincoln: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Lincoln Memorial. View of statue through columns." 8x10 glass negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 
 
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