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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Railroads

Detroit Edison: 1910

Detroit Edison: 1910

Circa 1910. "Edison Electric plant (Detroit Edison Company), Detroit, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Caboose Selfie: 1905

Caboose Selfie: 1905

Circa 1905. "Lake Shore caboose." Yet another negative we bought years ago for 99 cents from someone in Ohio. We may not know the name of the photographer, but we know what he looks like. 3¼ x 5½ inch glass plate. View full size.

 

Timeless Depot: 1906

Timeless Depot: 1906

Circa 1906. "Southern Railway station, Knoxville, Tenn." What has four faces but no hands? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

City Gas: 1912

City Gas: 1912

Circa 1912. "Foundation for retort house, construction for Detroit City Gas Company." A scene from the days when most big municipalities had an illuminating-gas plant where coal was heated to make the poisonous product known as "city gas." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Quincy Copper: 1906

Quincy Copper: 1906

1906. "Shaft No. 2, Quincy copper mine, Hancock, Michigan." Whatever is going on in there, we're glad we don't have to wash the windows. View full size.

 

Pinned: 1943

Pinned: 1943

March 1943. "Conductor G. Reynolds, checking his waybills in a caboose of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Argentine and Emporia, Kansas." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Far Horizons: 1943

Far Horizons: 1943

March 1943. "Duoro, New Mexico. Rounding a curve in the sheep and cattle country along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Clovis and Vaughn, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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