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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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The Enormous Radio Factory: 1925

The Enormous Radio Factory: 1925

The Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia circa 1925. 8x10 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Queens of the Radio: 1925

Queens of the Radio: 1925

"Radio set assembling room, 1925." Another view of the Atwater Kent factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Bulbs: 1925

Bulbs: 1925

March 12, 1925. "C.W. Mitman of Smithsonian Institution with giant and midget bulbs." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Radio Days: 1928

Radio Days: 1928

1928. Speaker grille assembly at the Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

A Real Life Saver: 1913

A Real Life Saver: 1913

May 24, 1913. Joseph N. Callahan modeling "Coxey's Life Saver and Water Wings." View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Atwater Kent: 1925

Atwater Kent: 1925

Philadelphia, 1925. Frank Aiken and Atwater Kent at the new Atwater Kent radio factory. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Full Current: 1909

Full Current: 1909

On the left: "Full Current: Young woman using an electric device for massage and stimulation of her face and neck." On the right: "Chest Developer: Woman at dressing table holding electric vibrating machine against her chest." Royal Specialty Company, Cleveland, 1909. Library of Congress copyright deposit, series of five 8x10 photographs: "Chest Developer," "Full Current," "Feels Good," "I Always Use It," "Smoothing the Wrinkles." View full size.

 
 
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