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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

Lux Aeterna: 1943

Lux Aeterna: 1943

March 1943. "Brakeman Jack Torbet, sitting at the window of the caboose pulling out of Waynoka, Oklahoma, on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Seven Speeds: 1921

Seven Speeds: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "G.W. Thomas Drayage -- Fageol truck." With a dynamo in tow. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

A Hot Mess: 1901

A Hot Mess: 1901

Circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, brass foundry, Chelsea, Michigan." Our umpteenth look at these slightly untidy premises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Perfect Ice Cream: 1910s

Perfect Ice Cream: 1910s

Union Station in Washington, D.C., circa 1914. Points of interest include the ice cream shack and trolley switch tower. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

New York Squared: 1903

New York Squared: 1903

Circa 1903. "Herald Square, New York." With Times Square in the distance, and the New York Times building going up at center. Other landmarks include Macy's, the New York Herald newspaper building, Sixth Avenue elevated tracks and Hotel Astor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Goggle Glass: 1942

Goggle Glass: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Workman grinding out a small part at the Chicago & North Western repair shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Back in the Day-O

Back in the Day-O

Circa 1903. "Unloading bananas at New Orleans." Final installment of a thrilling trilogy we've watched unfold here over the past three years. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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