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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Ninth & U: 2008

Ninth & U: 2008

Northwest corner of Ninth and U streets, northwest, Washington DC. For "Now & Then" comparison with Elite Laundry: 1924. I couldn't get an equivalent angle to the 1924 photo without fear of being run-over. Also, I hadn't appreciated the wide-angle lens used in the original photo.

This sad abandoned building has certainly seen better times. It looks like its last business incarnation was as a liquor store. It is currently sheathed with Formstone, (aka permastone), "the polyester of brick." The numerous club and concert posters plastered to the walls reminds me of the recent photo of 600 H St. NE: 1925.

Oops, thanks to anonymous tipster for setting me straight on location.

Happy Motoring!

Happy Motoring!

US Route 40, possibly in southwestern Pennsylvania. Scanned from the original negative. View full size.

Curtiss HS Flying Boat - c.1917 #1

Curtiss HS Flying Boat - c.1917  #1

These were in use by the military between 1909 and 1919. Scanned from the original negative. View full size.

Curtiss HS Flying Boat - c.1917 #2

Curtiss HS Flying Boat - c.1917  #2

These were in use by the military between 1909 and 1919. Scanned from the original negative. View full size.

How to Dress for School: 1955

How to Dress for School: 1955

My mother made darned sure I was bundled up enough for this (presumably) chilly late winter morning in early 1955. My brother shot this on Ektachrome in our front yard as I was about to set off on my 5 block walk to my third grade class at Larkspur-Corte Madera School. I can't remember what the theme of my lunchbox was. It was either "weapon against bullies on my way home" or "please don't let my Thermos break again." View full size. Later on: This and That.

View from the Tterrace

View from the Tterrace

October 1976. I pose on the terrace of the Avonmore Hotel, 57 Cartwright Gardens, London WC1. Kodachrome snapped off by my friend using my late, lamented Konica Autoreflex T. View full size.

The Hungry Americans: 1976

The Hungry Americans: 1976

October 1976, somewhere in England. Holding a piece of good English cheese, I wait for the self-timer to snap, sitting with my friends on the bonnet of our for-hire Volkswagen Golf. Kodachrome slide via Konica Autoreflex T. View full size.

 
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