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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Boats & Bridges

Swim Class: 1905

Swim Class: 1905

Florida circa 1905. "Surf bathing at Palm Beach." No ocean was ever a prettier shade of gray. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

River City: 1901

River City: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Excursion steamers Tashmoo and Idlewild at wharf." No loafing allowed! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Gangway for Andy: 1900

Gangway for Andy: 1900

Chicago circa 1900. "12th Street bascule bridge." Andy about to overtake A.B. Ward on the Chicago River. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Heavy Lifting: 1906

Heavy Lifting: 1906

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1906. "Loading a phosphate schooner." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tractor Pull: 1921

Tractor Pull: 1921

February 1921. Washington, D.C. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." Another view of the modified Model T last seen here under review. Note the repurposed New York license plate with U.S. ARMY ORD(NANCE) DEPT painted on the back. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

T Rex: 1921

T Rex: 1921

        "Secretary of War Newton D. Baker trying out a new eight-wheel Ford tractor, which has the reputation of being able to get over almost any road. Among the dignitaries in the background is Maj. Gen. Peyton C. March." Click here for another view.

February 1921. Washington, D.C. "Army car at Connecticut Avenue Bridge." A sort of Model T on steroids. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Beached: 1942

Beached: 1942

July 1942. "U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Rowing crew." The fourth installment of our Manly Midshipmen of Annapolis calendar, photographed by one Lieutenant Whitman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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