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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

Washington circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio outside barbershop." Now's your chance to hear what all the fuss is about. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Warming Up: 1923

Warming Up: 1923

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Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. and radio set." Son of the future president and a noted ham. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Neutrodyne Tweaker: 1924

Neutrodyne Tweaker: 1924

July 1924. "A new use for discarded automobile horns has been discovered by Dr. William C. Fowler, health officer of Washington, D.C. Dr. Fowler has adapted an old rams-horn type auto horn, a relic of the days when they blew them with bulbs, and fitted it to his radio to serve as a loudspeaker. This gives as good a tone as any he could buy, he says." This photo of Dr. Fowler tuning a Freed-Eisemann Neutrodyne receiver clears up the minor mystery of who this is. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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