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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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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.

 

Oke Doke: 1939

Oke Doke: 1939

January 1939. "Nightclub along highway. Williamson County, Illinois." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Try Our Golden Crumpets

Try Our Golden Crumpets

1950s. Wellington, New Zealand. "Interior of Sunshine Milk Bar lined with booths, photographed by K.E. Niven & Co." Large-format acetate negative, K.E. Niven & Co. Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library. View full size.

 
 
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