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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 • TAKE A KODAK, c. 1930s

Radio School: 1920

Radio School: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "National Radio School." Some of the equipment at the high-tech technical school seen here. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Frigidaire: 1926

Frigidaire: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Industrial Exposition, Frigidaire." A chilling display at Washington Auditorium. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

20,000 Volts: 1942

20,000 Volts: 1942

July 1942. Melrose Park, Illinois. "Production of aircraft engines. Buick plant. Foreman F.I. Bowman shows Marietta Morgan how to operate this bomb-test machine used to test reconditioned spark plugs. A young Negro girl, Marietta had been a clerk in a meat market. Her lack of industrial experience, however, has been no handicap for her present war job in a large Midwest airplane plant. She's rapidly becoming a skilled and efficient machine operator." Medium format safety negative by Ann Rosener for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

Trade You for an iPod: 1979

It's a sobering thought that this accumulation of consumer audio gear, though approaching high-end levels but not all that esoteric for the period, may look as archaic to present-day eyes as those examples of enormous, steampunk-like telephone and radio contraptions we've see here on Shorpy. Maybe if it was all black enamel rather than brushed aluminum it wouldn't look so old-hat, er, I mean retro. Of all this stuff all I have left is the turntable; a visiting friend recently took out his cell phone and snapped a photo of it in action, then emailed it to his daughter. He said she'd never seen a record playing.

Lest anyone think that some form of perverse, fetishistic self-absorbtion inspired this as well as Beam Me Up, I took these photos as a status update for a fellow audio and video enthusiast friend who had moved out of state sometime previously.

A Kodachrome slide which, in keeping with the theme of nostalgic technological obsolescence, was processed by Fotomat. View full size.

The Polesters: 1928

The Polesters: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac telephone school, Georgia Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Play by Play: 1924

Play by Play: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Coleman's scoreboard invention." The scene behind the screen of the Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard. View full size.

 

A Radiola for Every Purse: 1925

A Radiola for Every Purse: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Radio Corporation of America, exhibit." Planted amid the palms: the RCA Radiola 104, Radiola Super VIII and Radiola IIIA, and an assortment of Radiotron tubes. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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