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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This is a sixth-plate ambrotype (2-3/4" x 3-1/4") on clear glass. Black pigment has been added to non-emulsion side, and color was hand-painted onto emulsion side. I bought this some years ago an an antique store, and I have no idea who these women are or where this picture was made. View full size.
This is a photo of my mom, dad and sister looking to purchase the new Polaroid Automatic 100 camera in 1963. The photo was taken by the salesman to show as an example of the camera's capabilities. View full size.
The Bernard Burch photo collection survived decades of careless storage, as the prints were subject to mold growth and insect infestation. Most, like this, lack annotation. Many are being digitized. The eventual fate of the originals has yet to be determined. We know enough about this print to say that Bernard Burch (1889-1985) appears as the top most figure, posing somewhere in Minnesota. The year was probably 1905. View full size.
Downtown Newark, New Jersey, 1915. Construction of the Public Service Gas and Electric (PSEG) building. View full size.
Orange packing plant along S.P.R.R. 10-32 in San Fernando, California. Negative taken by an unknown newspaper photographer. View full size.
Los Angeles, October 1933. "Boat repair ship at Fish Harbor." View full size.
Redlands, California, December 1927. "View overlooking valley at Redlands from point at which road enters hills to Yucaipa." View full size.