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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Cars+Trucks

Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

New York in 1908. "Hotel Astor, Times Square." Note the fancy roof garden. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Family Truckster: 1937

Family Truckster: 1937

May 1937. "One of three related Oklahoma drought refugee families on the highway near Lordsburg, New Mexico, going to Roswell to chop cotton." Photo by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Herald, 1210 18th Street N.W." The business next door, its products having motored off into oblivion, is now a Pei Wei. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Official Delegation: 1922

Official Delegation: 1922

1922. Hoping for Harding: "Group of women with automobile at White House." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel DeSoto: 1908

Hotel DeSoto: 1908

Circa 1908. "DeSoto Hotel, Savannah, Georgia." Automobilists welcome! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Textbook Example: 1912

Textbook Example: 1912

Circa 1912. "New York Public Library building." With a variety of motorized conveyances. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Open Office: 1958

Open Office: 1958

        Somewhere around Los Angeles circa 1958. "Aluminum Group furniture (chairs, ottomans, tables) designed by Charles Eames for Herman Miller Inc." Large format negative from the Office of Charles and Ray Eames.

Back again at the waiting room without walls, this time a bit earlier in the day, we get our second look at these people, including Ray Eames, striding along at the upper right. New to the scene is a photographer wielding a Hasselblad, a medium format camera much favored by professionals. View full size.

 
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