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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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Bureau of Social Requirements: 1912

Bureau of Social Requirements: 1912

New York circa 1912. "Fifth Avenue near 42nd Street." Among the many establishments making this their address is the curiously named Bureau of Social Requirements. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Catillac: 1903

Catillac: 1903

Detroit circa 1903. "Foundry and machine shop, Leland & Faulconer Mfg. Co." With bearded proprietors Robert Faulconer (left) and Henry Leland standing at either end, and two shop mascots in the top row. In 1905 the company, which made car engines, merged with Cadillac Automobile Co. Some years after selling Cadillac to General Motors, Leland started the Lincoln Motor Co., which was eventually bought out by Ford. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Auto Parking 25¢: 1923

Auto Parking 25¢: 1923

April 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Automobiles at ballpark, opening game, Nationals-Athletics." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Tops and Trimmings: 1921

Tops and Trimmings: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "McCaully's garage." Note the bakery-delivery bread box next door. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Hybrid Power: 1939

Hybrid Power: 1939

June 1939. "Pushing a car belonging to agricultural day laborer to start it, near Muskogee, Oklahoma." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Ford Factory: 1954

Ford Factory: 1954

My father took this Kodachrome in Ford Plant 1 in Windsor, Ontario, in 1954. The history of Ford here goes back to 1904 when Model Bs and Cs, and later Model Ts, were built in this complex. The plant was located right alongside the Detroit River at Riverside Drive East and Drouillard Road. The two storey building in the foreground was built in 1912 as office space, and as Ford expanded more offices were installed in the buildings behind. This is where my father worked in management. To see a present day view click here. A photo by the Detroit Publishing Co. of this area in 1914 can be viewed here, and here is a story on the demolition in 1969. View full size.

Ford Motor Company: 1910

Ford Motor Company: 1910

Circa 1910. "Ford Motor Co., Detroit, Michigan. Highland Park plant." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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