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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

Tabulatrices: 1935

Tabulatrices: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Office workers." A future diorama in the National Secretarial Museum. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Le Grand Pont: 1910

Le Grand Pont: 1910

June 30, 1910. "Traveling bridge - Marseilles, France." 5x7 acetate negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Above the Nixon: 1914

Above the Nixon: 1914

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1914. "Sixth Avenue above the Nixon Theatre." Home to the Nixon Cafe. Note the theater's "digital" carriage call. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Miracle Worker: 1908

Miracle Worker: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Blind woman taking dictation on machine." 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

High Voltage: 1934

High Voltage: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. Transformers." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Doris and Dot: 1943

Doris and Dot: 1943

June 1943. "Washington, D.C. Pasting up a telegram at the Western Union telegraph office. Doris and Dorothy Bell send and receive telegrams from the Baltimore circuit." If only Doris had been named Dash. Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Young Salt: 1943

Young Salt: 1943

January 1943. "New York. Sixteen-year-old boy who is in the naval reserve on Mulberry Street." Along with a trove of telephone graffiti that looks as old as he is. Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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