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.
Vintage photos of:
A hot rod in search of an engine. Louisville, Kansas, 1908. View full size.
An interesting mix of tourists and what looks like students in the center of the picture. The white circle in the foreground is one of the Aubry holes. Scanned from the original 2.5 x 1.5 inch negative. View full size.
Railroad crossing near McCook, Nebraska, around 1932. View full size.
Champaign, Illinois. My family making sausage on the farm, in the winter of 1954. The lady in the back, on the right, has obviously just had a great idea. View full size.
Scanned from the original 5x7 glass negative. View full size.
At the Empire State Building in 1939. View full size.