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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Boats & Bridges

Chicks Ahoy: 1927

Chicks Ahoy: 1927

March 23, 1927. Washington, D.C. "Sally Phillips, Fanny Dial, Frances Gore, Georgiana Joyes." View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Key Bridge: 1920

Key Bridge: 1920

The Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac under construction circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Three Brooklyn Bridges: 1908

Three Brooklyn Bridges: 1908

Feb. 22, 1908. "Three New York-Brooklyn bridges from Brooklyn." An amazingly detailed panorama of New York recorded by George Grantham Bain. Our 3100 pixel wide version (view full size), detailed as it is, is less than a quarter the size of the hi-res scan of the original 8x10 inch glass negative. From the left: Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge (under construction) and Williamsburg Bridge.

 

Traffic Report 1955

Traffic Report 1955

Traffic report for the Golden Gate Bridge, Tuesday August 2, 1955: there isn't any. We're in the Hudson on the way to Golden Gate Park and Playland at the Beach. My brother's 35mm Tri-X negative.

Peephole: 1864

Peephole: 1864

May 1864. "Virginia. Pontoon bridge across the North Anna River below Taylor's Bridge." Wet plate glass negative by Timothy O'Sullivan. View full size.

 

Car Ferry: 1955

Car Ferry: 1955

San Francisco Bay, November 30, 1955. The car ferry Klamath heading west to San Rafael from Richmond. We're on board another one heading east. Looking south from the starboard side of our vessel, we'd see this view of the bridge that, when completed, would end the ferry service. My brother shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. But I was there on the boat with him. View full size.

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge 1955

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge 1955

The Richmond-San Rafael bridge on San Francisco Bay under construction, November 30, 1955. Shot by my brother on 35mm Kodachrome from a car ferry heading east toward Richmond. Smoke at left is from a San Rafael-bound ferry passing out of camera range to the north. View full size.

 
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