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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Grandma and Rudolph Valentino

Grandma  and Rudolph Valentino

Grandma was Miss Toronto 1923.

5th Av. & 77th St. NYC

5th Av. & 77th St. NYC

Fifth Avenue and 77th Street in New York City, winter 1905-06. On record as of 1911, this was the residence of William A. Clark, former U.S. senator. 5x7 glass plate negative, John Bond Trevor Sr. collection. View full size.

For alternate views, see the following records at http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/

Collection Guide: Photographic Views of New York City, 1870s-1970s
Digital Image IDs: 709145F & 709146F
Digital Record IDs: 398936 & 398937

Erie 2601

Erie 2601

Erie 0-8-8-0 Camelback locomotive at Port Jervis, N.Y., in 1911. The camelback design was unique in that the engineer sat in the tiny cab alongside the boiler, while the fireman worked at the usual spot behind the boiler. One of the main disadvantages was the obvious communication problem between engineer and the rest of the train crew while the engine was in operation. The Erie camelback mallets didn't last long, but smaller camelback locomotives survived well into the 1950's on roads like the Jersey Central. View full size.

Minor Theater

Minor Theater

The Minor Theater in Arcata, Calif., built in 1914, the oldest theater in the United States built for feature films. It's still open and showing movies. This photo was taken soon after it was open.

boston

boston

This on says Sumner Square (or street) Boston 05 on the back. Looks to be fire or policeman at the reins, and in a hurry.

Malinda Bundrant Chaney

Malinda Bundrant Chaney

My great-great grandmother, circa 1920.

The Wedding

The Wedding

My grandparents' wedding. Not sure of the year. Pictured are my grandfather and grandmother, three of his brothers and one of their wives. Also Granddad's two daughters from his first marriage. He was a widower.

 
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