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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

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Smithfield Street: 1908

Smithfield Street: 1908

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Smithfield Street and the Post Office." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fountain Supplies: 1920

Fountain Supplies: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "A.E. Beitzell & Co. -- Autocar truck." Pneumatic up front, solid rubber in the back. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Machine Car: 1905

Machine Car: 1905

Circa 1905. "Machine car" is all it says on the jacket. It's a Howe. Can it do laundry? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Safety First: 1925

Safety First: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "C & P Tel. Co." The Chesapeake & Potomac telephone company garage, and a fleet of White trucks with solid rubber tires. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Day at the Races: 1958

A Day at the Races: 1958

San Mateo, California, in 1958. My cousins Gary and Dan standing on the left. My brother doing 110 in his head, and my sister apparently realizing she could have had a V8. Uncle Walt appears to be preoccupied by the little blonde and Aunt Rita has a thermos of Starbucks. Strike that. "Chock Full 'O Nuts." My uncle loved anything with an engine that flew, floated or had four wheels. My brother can be seen in all photos of this era with a Giants cap as they had just arrived in San Francisco that year. BONUS: vintage background cars. View full size.

Onward: 1908

Onward: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Automobile on waterfront road." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Oakland Garage: 1921

Oakland Garage: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "District Oakland Automobile Co. garage, L Street." The Oakland was eventually eclipsed by Pontiac, its "companion make" in the General Motors hierarchy. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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