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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

Desk Lamp: 1938

Desk Lamp: 1938

March 21, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Purchasing on an average of 4 million electric light bulbs annually, Uncle Sam is probably one of the largest users of light in the country. The National Bureau of Standards sees that the government gets value received in purchases by continually testing the incandescent lamps to determine their life and the amount of light they give. Using a special machine designed by the Bureau, Louis Barbrow is shown measuring the amount of light given by a lamp." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hooked Up: 1919

Hooked Up: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. equipment." More communications gear at what seems to be the Capitol. The box on the left bears the nameplates of Leeds & Northrup, Philadelphia, and Western Electric. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size | The knobs.

 

The Operators: 1919

The Operators: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. switchboards." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wired: 1919

Wired: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. wiring." A behind the scenes look at communications tech some 80 years after the telegraph tapped out its first message. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Dial D for Danger: 1919

Dial D for Danger: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. equipment." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dymaxion House: 1941

Dymaxion House: 1941

May 1941. "Diamaxion [Dymaxion] house, metal, adapted corn bin, built by Butler Brothers, Kansas City. Designed and promoted by R. Buckminster Fuller." Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Snowmobile: 1948

Snowmobile: 1948

1948, Ste-Anne-de-la-Perade, Quebec. Is it a car, a Plane? No, it's a snowmobile! View full size.

 
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