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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 • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

Boats & Bridges

Boston Bridges: 1904

Boston Bridges: 1904

"Tower bridges, Fort Point Channel, Boston, 1904." Spans for Northern Avenue, Congress Street and Summer Street. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Tashmoo at the Dock: 1900

Tashmoo at the Dock: 1900

"Tashmoo at the dock, Star Island House, St. Clair Flats," c. 1900-1901. The Detroit River excursion steamer SS Tashmoo, a sidewheeler, stopped at Tashmoo Park on the St. Clair Flats on trips between Detroit and Port Huron. A high point in the boat's eventful 36-year life was the night in 1927 that she broke free of her moorings in a winter storm and headed downriver on her own. Her end came in 1936, when she hit a submerged rock and sank. View full size.

 

America: 1900

America: 1900

"America, Mississippi riverboat, circa 1900-1910." Note the group of convicts in prison stripes. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Charlevoix: 1900

Charlevoix: 1900

"Harbor entrance and light house, Charlevoix, Michigan," circa 1900. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Oysterboy: 1909

Oysterboy: 1909

January 1909. Apalachicola, Florida. "A young oyster fisher. Randsey Summerford says he starts out at 4 a.m. one day, is out all night in the little oyster boat and back next day some time. Gets a share of the proceeds. Said he was 16 years old and been at it four years. Lives in Georgia and is here six months a year." Glass negative and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Colossus: 1902

Colossus: 1902

"New East River bridge from Brooklyn." The Williamsburg Bridge under construction circa 1902. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Smoke on the Water: 1905

Smoke on the Water: 1905

Chicago, 1905. "Chicago River east from Rush Street Bridge." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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