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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.

 
 
 
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Where's the Ticket Window?

Where's the Ticket Window?

Most locomotive portrait artists were consummate professionals who didn't allow things like light poles--or old ladies--to obscure their subject. Whoever took this photo wasn't on his game apparently. The old lady--a rather comical figure, is she not?--is probably the photographers wife, but I like to think she's lost and wandering around the Cincinnati Union Terminal service area looking for the ticket window. The locomotive, for those who care, is C&O Pacific type #492. Photo dated July, 1937. View full size.

C&O Allegheny Locomotive: 1941

C&O Allegheny Locomotive: 1941

Lima, Ohio. December 1941. The brilliant C&O/Lima Locomotive design team poses for a photograph in front of their latest creation--a 2-6-6-6 Allegheny. Despite years of claims to the contrary, this first series of Alleghenies were indeed the heaviest steam locomotives ever built. This photo was taken by the Lima company photographer mere days after the attack on Pearl Harbor, and for C&O the first ten Alleghenies came right in time for the surge of war traffic on America's railroads.

Wedding Day

Wedding Day

George Rice Jones and Lydia Barnes Jones wedding day portrait in Sallisaw, OK. Ages 17 and 19. July 29, 1927.

Spanish-American War Soldiers: 1898

Spanish-American War Soldiers: 1898

Soldiers back from the Spanish-American war march down Main Street in Columbia, South Carolina in 1898.

Trolley car, Columbia, South Carolina. c. 1900

Trolley car, Columbia, South Carolina. c. 1900

Trolley car in Columbia, SC circa 1900. Trolleys ran over much of downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods at the time.

Miss Gergone's 2nd Grade Class: 1932

Miss Gergone's 2nd Grade Class: 1932

The photo was probably taken in the Hudson Valley area of New York, but it is not identified on the photo. It may be some type of May Day celebration, but I'm not sure. May, 1932. View full size.

Ticket to see a hanging!

Ticket to see a hanging!

This ticket was issued to see the last public hanging in Dunklin County, Missouri. Admission was limited to ticket holders.

 
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