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About the Photos

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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Union Station interior, 2008

Union Station interior, 2008

Interior shot of Union Station in 2008. The station was threatened with demolition in the early 1980s. Redevelopment altered the concourse to retail space with a food court in the basement. It is one of the most successful mixed retail/transportation centers in the country. View full size.

View in 1921

Melilla 1917 B

Melilla 1917 B

Spanish Army in the surroundings of the city of Melilla (North Africa) 1917

Melilla 1917

Melilla 1917

Spanish Army in the surroundings of the city of Melilla (North Africa) 1917

Batman & Butterfly Chairs: 1966

Batman & Butterfly Chairs: 1966

Here's a snap of my brother and my mom early in 1966. Check out the Batman t-shirt my brother's wearing (I believe the television show had just begun); his horn-rimmed glasses; my mom's mini-bouffant, and the butterfly chairs. To sum it all up, the whole pic really says "mid-1960s" to me. I hadn't been born yet, but I recall those chairs much later on, and my mother dyeing the faded covers in a vat of Rit. View full size.

Route 66 Pit Stop

Route 66 Pit Stop

This is Scanned from the original print. On the back is written "Rt.66- Our special pit stop". View full size.

Overlook Tourist Trap

Overlook Tourist Trap

This is scanned from the original negative. I thought it was an interesting angle. It looks like whoever took this was sitting on the running board of the car in the foreground.

More Goats On A Truck

More Goats On A Truck

This is another original negative of the same truck, this time with two goats on it. View full size.

 
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