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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • DON'T TALK LOOSELY TO STRANGERS

De Forest Phonofilm: 1924

De Forest Phonofilm: 1924

1924. "De Forest Phonofilm Co. Inc. on White House grounds." The inventor and "father of radio" Lee de Forest, center, and components of his sound-on-film system. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Tithing Dept.: 1902

Tithing Dept.: 1902

1902. "Tithing department, National Cash Register Co., Dayton, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ducts in a Row: 1934

Ducts in a Row: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. Supply fan room." Part of the Nebraska Oratory Exhaust System (NOES), designed to expel hot air from the legislative chamber. 5x7 negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

The Plexiglas Pontiac: 1940

The Plexiglas Pontiac: 1940

        Another look at the Pontiac "Ghost Car" seen here.

June 11, 1940. "General Motors exhibit at Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco. Transparent Car with Pontiac Chassis and Body by Fisher." 8x10 Agfa negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

The Apparatus: 1923

The Apparatus: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Unidentified ramp on field" is all it says here. Who can help us categorize this cryptic contraption? 4x5 glass negative. View full size.

 

Our Staff: 1924

Our Staff: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Miss Davis." Demonstrating just how easy it is to work one of these things. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Odd Man Out: 1942

Odd Man Out: 1942

March 13, 1942. "Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Lounge, to window. Voorhees, Walker, Foley & Smith, architects." You can call me ... lonely! Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 
 
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