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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Boats & Bridges

Porifera Aplenty: 1906

Porifera Aplenty: 1906

Circa 1906. "Sponge yard along the docks. Nassau, Bahama Islands." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Ropes: 1904

On the Ropes: 1904

Florida circa 1904. "Surf bathing at Palm Beach." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Harbor Springs: 1906

Harbor Springs: 1906

Michigan circa 1906. "Harbor Springs and Harbor Point, Little Traverse Bay." Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Surfside One: 1908

Surfside One: 1908

Miami circa 1908. "Cocoanut trees along the docks." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Back in the Day-O

Back in the Day-O

Circa 1903. "Unloading bananas at New Orleans." Final installment of a thrilling trilogy we've watched unfold here over the past three years. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Double Panama: 1915

Double Panama: 1915

Circa 1915. "Steamer Panama at Pedro Miguel Locks, approach from Miraflores Lake, Panama Canal." Another high-resolution view to mark the centenary of the Panama Canal. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Passing Through: 1915

Passing Through: 1915

Circa 1915. "Bolton Castle in Gatun Locks, west chamber, Panama Canal." Just the thing to float your boat. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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