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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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Texting: 1917

Texting: 1917

New York, August 1917. "Wireless instruction -- Pratt Institute." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Sales Pitch: 1928

Sales Pitch: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "T.R. Shipp -- Star Radio." Shipp, the client for whom this photo was made, was Atwater Kent's public relations guru. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Parezo Electric: 1923

Parezo Electric: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Geo. W. Parezo electric shop, interior." Our fourth glimpse at the Parezo electrical supply store on Ninth Street. View full size.

 

Last Rose of Summer: 1921

Last Rose of Summer: 1921

New York, 1921. "Victor record display, New York Band Instrument Co. window." Over two dozen Nippers here by my count, as well as some handsome Victrolas in the kind of place that was the Apple Store of its day. View full size.

 

Desk Radio: 1926

Desk Radio: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Industrial Exposition. Frank R. Porter -- booth at auditorium." With neighboring displays on telephone etiquette and the Morris Plan Bank. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wired: 1921

Wired: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Loomis Radio School." Another look behind the scenes at the technical school run by Mary Texanna Loomis. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

De Forest Wireless: 1905

De Forest Wireless: 1905

The Jersey Shore circa 1905. "Along the beach, Atlantic City, N.J." Note the radio mast at right on Young's Pier. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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