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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Railroads

Needle's Eye: 1943

Needle's Eye: 1943

March 1943. Needles, California. "General view of street leading to depot of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Planes, Trains: 1935

Planes, Trains: 1935

June 12, 1935. "Newark passenger station, Pennsylvania Railroad. Waiting room, sunlight and passengers. McKim, Mead & White, client." Waiting for someone to explain the plane. Large format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Vicksburg Panorama: 1909

Vicksburg Panorama: 1909

The Mississippi River circa 1909. "Vicksburg waterfront." A panorama made from three 8x10 glass negatives (the widest image, pixel-wise, that Shorpy has ever posted -- be sure to scroll all the way over to the right). The nine-story skyscraper is the First National Bank. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Photographers' Special: 1904

Photographers' Special: 1904

Vermont circa 1904. "Summit Cut, Green Mountains. Rutland R.R. Photographers' Special." A long shot of the engine seen here hauling a carload of shutterbugs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Civil War Scouts: 1865

Civil War Scouts: 1865

1865. "City Point, Virginia. Scouts at Secret Service headquarters in the last months of the war." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Jurassic Park: 1942

Jurassic Park: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Working on a locomotive at the Chicago & North Western Railroad repair shops." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Brakeman Capsey: 1943

Brakeman Capsey: 1943

March 1943. "Acomita, New Mexico. Brakeman R.E. Capsey repacking a journal box of a special car as the train on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Belen and Gallup, New Mexico, waits on a siding." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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