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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.

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Dunk Tank: 1931

Dunk Tank: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Man partially submerged in tank with breathing appar­atus." Last seen here on this guy, probably at the Navy Yard. View full size.

 

D.C. DJ: 1931

D.C. DJ: 1931

Washington, D.C., 1931. "Man with portable radio receiver and phonograph." Who seems to be using the amplifier to play a record into a microphone. Note handy "Radio Spectrum" chart. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

Miracle Kitchen: 1959

        "The Planning Center -- this is the heart and the brain of the RCA-Whirlpool Miracle Kitchen. For example, there's a button that turns on a built-in color television set that brings entertainment into your Miracle Kitchen of the future. Other buttons select recipes, request an inventory of food stock, select food from storage, or complete the automatic meal from the Magic Meal Maker."

March 1959. "Home economist Anne Anderson demonstrating appliances and features of RCA-Whirlpool 'Miracle Kitchen of the Future,' a display at the American National Exhibition in Moscow." Kodachrome by Bob Lerner for the Look magazine article "What the Russians Will See." View full size.

 

The Latest Thing: 1924

The Latest Thing: 1924

1924. "The latest in radio development which has been perfected by Mr. H.P. O'Reilly of Washington, D.C." Which seems to incorporate a "Telegraphone," the early wire recorder alluded to on the wall. Never miss another radio program again! Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Street View Car: 1923

Street View Car: 1923

        This early prototype "Go-Ogle Auto-Rig" was operated by a driver and a lensman who fed motion picture film into the 360-degree camera at the rate of 90 feet per minute. After being conveyed through the mobile developing tank, footage was viewed using a stereopticon indexed to a telephone directory.

March 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Test car, Bureau of Standards." See above for details. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

X-Ray: 1922

X-Ray: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "X-ray at Garfield Hospital." We'll have you patched up in no time, kiddo. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Web: 1924

The Web: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "In recognition of his having conducted the most successful radio exhibition in the U.S., Alfred Stern, director of Washington's first radio exposition, was presented with this elaborate loop antenna by Dr. J. Harris Rogers, famous inventor. It is estimated that 50,000 persons attended this exhibition." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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