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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Photos are original and glued to newspaper layout with original illustrations drawn directly on the board. Image features a Mr. and Mrs C. J. Franklin and their cars. They appear to have taken a famous trip from Portland, Oregon to Seattle, Washington in 1907. Bottom image is from 1915 or later. View full size.
The photographers wagon can be seen in the distance on the left just above the heads of the people. The license plate on the car says Ohio 1910, but the location is the Gettysburg Battlefield. The obelisk is the monument to the United States Regulars. View full size.
Cadillac circa 1907. Occupants and location unknown. View full size.
"St. John's Church, 16th & H streets N.W." From a series of dozens of National Photo glass negatives showing various Washington landmarks. The Library of Congress has given them a date range of "between 1918 and 1920," though they all seem to be from around 1900. Anyone out there from the LOC? View full size.
In answer to countless requests for photos of 13-year-old boys smoking pipes while driving the automobile ultimately to be called the Toyota, I hereby submit this 35mm Kodacolor negative my brother took in January 1960. Full disclosure: it's my brother's unlit pipe and I'm not driving. I'm in a parked 1960 Crown Custom at Hil Probert's Toyopet dealership in Larkspur, California. That's our house up the hill at the top right. Note the special bonus for fellow Shorpy obsolete car make aficionados. View full size.