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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Model 47: 1928

Model 47: 1928

Philadelphia circa 1928. "Atwater Kent Factory for T.R. Shipp." Assembling the Atwater Kent Model 47, back when radios were the iPad of their day. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Listening to Mars: 1924

Listening to Mars: 1924

August 21, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Dr. David Todd & C.F. Jenkins." Scroll down to the comments for an explanation of this unusual device. Thanks to Splunge, Stanton Square and others for filling in the blanks. View full size.

 

Western Electric: 1922

Western Electric: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co." Vintage switchgear in abundance. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Fourteenth Census: 1919

Fourteenth Census: 1919

December 1919. Washington, D.C. "Sorting machine, U.S. Census." Getting ready to tabulate the 1920 Census. Under-height operators will please furnish their own boxes. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sun-Catcher: 1906

Sun-Catcher: 1906

Detroit circa 1906. "Detroit Publishing Co., northwest view." Note the greenhouse-style glass to the right employing sunlight for printing and perhaps enlargement, as well as the unusual windows to the left. In the early years of the 20th century, the company was one of the world's biggest producers of color postcards. Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Suitcase Wireless: 1924

Suitcase Wireless: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Brent Daniel, formerly of the Radio Laboratory of the Bureau of Standards at Washington, with the first portable Super-Heterodyne, his own design. The seven vacuum tubes, batteries, loop antenna, loudspeaker and other necessary units are completely self-contained in the carrying case. He has been able to hear Pacific Coast stations from this outfit." View full size.

 

Hot Water: 1905

Hot Water: 1905

Detroit circa 1905. "Detroit City Gas Company office, heater." Note the photographer or his assistant holding the drape. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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