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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Can You Hear Me Now: 1925

Can You Hear Me Now: 1925

1925. Washington, D.C. "Broadcasting equipment." Adjusting the "modulator tube filament rheostat." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Clerical Army: 1942

The Clerical Army: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "U.S. Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control." More vintage punch-card equipment. Photo by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Traffic Channel Control: 1942

Traffic Channel Control: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "U.S. Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control." IBM printer connected to a punch card machine. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bell Labs: 1942

Bell Labs: 1942

March 19, 1942, in the birthplace of the transistor. "Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, New Jersey. Drafting room. Voorhees, Walker, Foley & Smith, architect." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Next Wave: 1920

Next Wave: 1920

        Enrollments are limited, so act now to get in on the ground floor of wireless telephony!

Washington, D.C., 1920. "National Radio School." Last seen here in an exterior view. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Amazing Grace: 1950s

Amazing Grace: 1950s

"Dr. Grace Hopper, director, Systems Research, Remington Rand, half-length portrait, seated, smoking cigarette." The pioneering computer programmer and Navy admiral (1906-1992) is the subject of today's Google Doodle, marking her 107th birthday. New York World-Telegram & Sun Collection. View full size.

 

Home Entertainment: 1925

Home Entertainment: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Family group listening to radio." A baseball game, maybe. The original caption label for this one has been lost. View full size.

 
 
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