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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 • NORTH TUSCANY COAST, 1948

Cars+Trucks

The Club: 1916

The Club: 1916

Circa 1916. "Detroit Athletic Club from the Plaza Hotel." Evidently something of a motorcar magnet. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Municipal Hygiene: 1919

Municipal Hygiene: 1919

        The flushing of streets and sewers by sprinkler trucks was a widespread if not terribly effective public-health measure during the "Spanish influenza" epidemic of the late teens.

San Francisco circa 1919. "Nash Two-Ton Tanker Truck." This begins a new series of photos, scanned by Shorpy from large-format negatives taken by or for Christopher Helin, travel and automotive editor of the San Francisco Examiner from about 1915 to 1930. 8.5 x 6.5 inch glass plate. View full size.

 

Incontinental Van Lines

Incontinental Van Lines

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Guaranty Storage Co. truck." Last glimpsed here, before having a little accident. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Self-Service: 1920

Self-Service: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Nation's Business." Back at the filling station seen here yesterday. 8x10 inch glass negative by Harris & Ewing. View full size.

 

It Is the Fad: 1905

It Is the Fad: 1905

        IT IS THE FAD — YOUR PICTURE IN AN AUTO, 10¢

Circa 1905. "Along the boulevard -- Revere Beach, Massachusetts." Note the sign at the tintype photo parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Filtered Gasoline: 1920

Filtered Gasoline: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Nation's Business." A photo made by Harris & Ewing for that magazine, giving an unusually detailed look at the gas station (and gas pump) of a century ago. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Shepherd of the Hills: 1952

Shepherd of the Hills: 1952

"Shepherd of the Hills Country - 7 Oct 1952." Hubert & Grace's DeSoto has a starring role in the latest "away" episode of Minnesota Kodachromes, parked somewhere near Branson, Missouri. Color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

 
 
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