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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 • NOTHING LIKE A GOOD BOOK, c 1920s

Talking Machines: 1914

Talking Machines: 1914

Richmond, California, 1914. "Victor Talking Machine display. Hawley Piano Co., Macdonald Avenue." With Nipper headlining a list of the latest platters. 8x6 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Welcome Jeremiah: 1947

Welcome Jeremiah: 1947

New York, 1947. "On the set -- Borden Show broadcast." Back when telephones and televisions had dials, and shows were often named for the sponsor. 4x5 acetate negative from the Publicity Department Archive. View full size.

 

The Sportables: 1960

The Sportables: 1960

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1960. "Portable TV." RCA Victor "Sportable" TVs, the Research Department informs us. The set so light, you can lift it with three hands! 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

WMOM: 1950s

WMOM: 1950s

For Columbus Day we return to 1950s Columbus, Georgia, for this uncaptioned News Archive snap of a lady and a baby with a bent for broadcasting. It's 10:33. Do you know where your children are? 4x5 acetate negative. View full size.

 

Higher Fi: 1960

Higher Fi: 1960

Chicago circa 1960. "Educational tapes." Specifically the "Electronic Educator" tape cartridge system, sharing space with a Fisher Stereophonic Master Audio Control, Sherwood tuner and RCA Victor Deluxe color TV, as well as drawer-mounted reel-to-reel and turntable. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Jump-Start: 1937

Jump-Start: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Children's Hospital Rotary." The young man hooked up to a Cambridge Instrument Model X900 Thingamambob. Medical technology experts please weigh in. Harris & Ewing glassneg. View full size.

 

Vintage Vinyl: 1963

Vintage Vinyl: 1963

"Boston, 1963. Records for sale in hi-fi store." Where the fi goes at least as high as Blaupunkt Multiplex Stereo. 35mm negative, photog unknown. View full size.

 
 
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