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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

Airplane # 15

Airplane # 15

No caption.

Airplane # 17

Airplane # 17

My father, Ken Walker, is kneeling 2nd from left.

Traveltown Griffith Park - 1954

Traveltown Griffith Park  - 1954

1954 and my sister and I are learning to keep an 0-4-0 tank engine under control at Traveltown at Griffith Park in L.A.

Photographer: Don Hall Sr.

Don Hall

NYC Hell's Kitchen Family & Friends 1912

NYC Hell's Kitchen Family & Friends 1912

My grandparents in 1912 with Grandpa kneeling with Nettie on his knee and Willy on Grandma's lap, Mary standing behind baby Willy and Sarah at top left with long white dress along with aunts, uncles and cousins ... plus dog, girl with flag, and old man chewing tobacco.

Portage Canal workers

Portage Canal workers

Portage, Wisconsin. 1920s.

School Days 1908

School Days 1908

Grade school in Eureka, California, in 1908. Looks like a wild bunch.

V-J Day Block Party: 1945

V-J Day Block Party: 1945

Lots of streets in New York City had block parties to celebrate the end of World War II. This picture was taken on 46th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue in the old area known as Hell's Kitchen. That was one street away from the piers where the soldiers and sailors used to land when they came home from the war.

 
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