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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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Tavern on the Green: 1944

Tavern on the Green: 1944

January 5, 1944. "Tavern on the Green, Central Park, New York City. Christmas exterior. Arthur Schleifer, client." The former sheepfold, recently (April 2014) reopened under new management. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

TWA Coffee Shop: 1962

TWA Coffee Shop: 1962

August 29, 1962. "Union News restaurants, Idlewild Airport. TWA coffee shop. Raymond Loewy Associates." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Star Lunch: 1922

Star Lunch: 1922

1922. "Policeman directing traffic at Ninth and G Streets N.W., Washington, D.C." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tales of Tarrytown: 1913

Tales of Tarrytown: 1913

Circa 1913. "Main Street -- Tarrytown, New York." Let's meet on the wicked side of the street. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Double Feature: 1950

Double Feature: 1950

        UPDATE: More Waffle Shop here and here.

Washington, D.C., circa 1950. "Waffle Shop on 10th Street. Exterior from side angle, day. For Bernard L. Fishman." Photo of the now-defunct eatery, shortly after it opened, by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Mod Cafe: 1943

Mod Cafe: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "U.S.O. canteen, Penn Station, Harrisburg, Pa. Serving bar." Our second look at this proto-Googie extravaganza, brought to you by Travelers Aid and the Pennsylvania Railroad. Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

U.S.O. Canteen: 1943

Sept. 3, 1943. "Harrisburg, Pa., U.S.O. -- Pennsylvania Railroad Canteen & Lounge, interior." Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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