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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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Media Conglomerate: 1907

Media Conglomerate: 1907

New Zealand, 1907. "Wanganui Herald newspaper staff and bicycles, photograph­ed by Frank J. Denton. Newsboys holding copies of The Yeoman and Herald." Note the kid in back on the horse. Tesla Studios glass negative. View full size.

 

Mizpah Arch: 1908

Mizpah Arch: 1908

Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Welcome arch at Union Depot looking down 17th Street." The arch, with the Hebrew benediction "mizpah" soon replacing WELCOME on the other (departure) side, was torn down in 1931. View full size.

 

What a Dump: 1911

What a Dump: 1911

November 13, 1911. "New York streets during garbage strike." Note ashcans full of actual ashes. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Beech Street: 1910

Beech Street: 1910

Circa 1910. "Beech Street -- Manchester, New Hampshire." Note the carbon arc lamp and its elaborate rigging. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Gaslight Alley: 1920

Gaslight Alley: 1920

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1920. "Street scene with horse and wagon." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Horsy Chapeau: 1923

Horsy Chapeau: 1923

New Orleans circa 1923. "View of a street and roofs." Also an ice wagon whose horse is wearing a hat. Bonus points if you can identify the street. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

12-Hour Photo: 1901

12-Hour Photo: 1901

Circa 1901. "The Islesworth and Virginia Avenue, Atlantic City." Much interesting signage among the hotels, our favorite being the advertisement for photo developing and printing "in 12 hours." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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