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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

Full Steam Ahead: 1913

Full Steam Ahead: 1913

"Panama Canal excavation, 1913." The world's most celebrated shortcut marks its centennial this month. Copy negative; Harris & Ewing glass plate. View full size.

 

Miami River Mooring: 1910

Miami River Mooring: 1910

Miami circa 1910. "Mouth of the Miami River and Biscayne Bay." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Circa 1900. "Car ferry Transport, Detroit River." The unloaded version of this. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Flour Power: 1911

Flour Power: 1911

The Buffalo River, city ship canal and flour mill elevators circa 1911. "A busy section of the canal -- Buffalo, N.Y." 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

None Shall Pass: 1924

None Shall Pass: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Rock Creek Park scenes. Girls on bridge. L-R: Katherine Wren, Norvell Munford, Mary Happer, Cecil Lester Jones, Jessie Adkins, Doris Wagner, Virginia Seldon, Mildred Crosby and Mary Seldon." View full size.

 

Heavy Lifting: 1910

Heavy Lifting: 1910

Circa 1910. "Brown electric hoist unloading freighter Constitution at Cleveland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Don't Mess With Texas

Don't Mess With Texas

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Texas discharging ammunition." The Navy battleship nicknamed "Old Hoodoo." 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart. View full size.

 
 
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