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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Portrait of Lydia

Portrait of Lydia

This photo was given to me by a friend who found it in an old dusty corner of a basement in the building that he was renovating into his studio. Written on the back in pencil is the name "Lydia Bishop Maiden." Beneath an elaborate logo is "Entrekin Photographer 4384 Main St. Manayunk."

Found Boy in Suit

Found Boy in Suit

I found this photo ages ago in an old antique store in the moutains of Virginia. The back is printed with the words "Richter & Co. Photographers and Portrait Painters, North Corner 8th and Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia. Negatives Preserved. Copies or enlargements may be had at any time."

Ice Skating 1940's

Ice Skating 1940's

I found this snapshot at a flea market in New Jersey. The location is unknown to me. Striking image. Probably made after church on a nice winter day.

Mother and Child.

Mother and Child.

I found these old 4X5 glass plate negatives years ago at a garage sale. Just got around to scanning them.

Hello, Doily: 1952

Hello, Doily: 1952

Another slide from Set 2 of found 35mm Kodachromes. On the wall, a September 1952 calendar; on the floor, an Indianapolis phone book. At the right, a projection screen where perhaps this very slide was shown after being developed. In the kitchen: many little decorative decals on the cabinet doors. View full size.

Dancing Queen: 1952

Dancing Queen: 1952

Big sister, a vision in turquoise tulle. Somewhere in the United States circa 1952. Found 35mm Kodachrome transparency, Set 2. View full size.

My Grandparents

My Grandparents

This was a postcard my grandfather, Angel Ortega, had made from a photo of himself and his fiancee, Nemesia Quintana, in Gibara, Cuba. I believe it was dated 1918.

 
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