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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Railroads

Goliath & Goliath: 1942

Goliath & Goliath: 1942

December 1942. "Locomotives in the Chicago and North Western departure yard about to leave for Clinton, Iowa." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hoboken Public Bath: 1905

Hoboken Public Bath: 1905

1905. "Holland America line piers, Hoboken, N.J." Points of interest include the Hoboken Public Bath at center and S.S. Potsdam. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Industrial Eden: 1910

Industrial Eden: 1910

Circa 1910. "Gasometers and rail yard at Oakland, California." 8x6 inch glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co. View full size.

 

Staying Power: 1900

Staying Power: 1900

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. "Colonial Hotel, Prospect Avenue." Offering complimentary wi-fi if you come back in 110 years to its current incarnation as a Marriott Residence Inn. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Higher Lower Manhattan: 1912

Higher Lower Manhattan: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Big buildings of Lower Manhattan." Notable skyscrapers (in a scene last glimpsed here) include the Woolworth tower (under construction), the Singer Building and the Bankers Trust pyramid. View full size.

 

Rail-Rover Crossing: 1905

Rail-Rover Crossing: 1905

Philadelphia circa 1905. "Broad Street Station of the Pennsylvania R.R." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Citrus Center: 1937

Citrus Center: 1937

January 1937. "Highway marker in Polk County, Florida." Medium format negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
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