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.
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.
1910. Wellington, New Zealand. "David Taylor's butcher shop, Wadestown, showing decorated carcasses and horse-drawn delivery cart. David Taylor in doorway." Glass plate negative by Frederick James Halse. View full size.
Washington, D.C., 1914. "Wrisley Brown, attorney, riding." You'll note the Washington Monument showing a decided tilt to the left, although the reason is more optical than political. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.
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