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About the Photos

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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Cities

Black-and-white historical streetscape and skyline photographs of major American cities from the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and more.

  • State Capitol: 1900

    Albany

    Street scenes and cityscapes in the state capital of Albany, New York.

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/26/2014 - 1:07pm

  • Neighborhood Wash: 1938

    Ambridge

    The factory town of Ambridge, Pennsylvania.

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/11/2013 - 8:52pm

  • Asbury Park Boardwalk: 1905

    Asbury Park

    The seaside resort of Asbury Park, New Jersey.

    12 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/27/2012 - 10:19am

  • Kentucky Moonshine: 1938

    Atlanta

    Atlanta, Georgia, street scenes and cityscapes.

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/21/2013 - 11:46am

  • Human Roulette: 1908

    Atlantic City

    Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the Jersey Shore.

    106 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 06/25/2014 - 10:16pm

  • Errand of Marcy: 1943

    Baltimore Photos

    The Charm City from the turn of the century to the 1940s, with landmarks including Johns Hopkins University, Lexington Market and Light Street. Photos from the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904.

    56 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/24/2014 - 4:45pm

  • Company Town: 1937

    Birmingham

    Birmingham, Alabama, street scenes and cityscapes.

    22 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:22pm

  • Adams House: 1906

    Boston

    Boston, Massachusetts, street scenes and cityscapes.

    85 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 07/17/2014 - 11:46am

  • Yesterday's News: 1940

    Brockton

    Brockton, Massachusetts, street scenes and cityscapes.

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/12/2011 - 6:51pm

  • Flour Power: 1911

    Buffalo

    Buffalo, New York, street scenes, waterways and cityscapes.

    35 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/06/2014 - 12:50pm

  • Charleston's Angles: 1904

    Charleston

    Charleston, South Carolina, street scenes and cityscapes.

    45 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/13/2014 - 8:37pm

  • The Great Locks: 1908

    Chicago Photos

    Windy City landmarks including Michigan Avenue, Marshall Field's department store, the Chicago River, Grant Park, State Street, Van Buren Station and the Proviso Yard.

    202 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/27/2014 - 2:14pm

  • Low-Rent: 1935

    Cincinnati Photos

    Cincinnati photos and historic images from the turn of the century. Landmarks include Eden Park, the Price Hill Incline, Central Union Station, Mount Adams and the Ohio River. Cincinnati photos can be purchase as fine-art prints.

    57 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/04/2014 - 8:21pm

  • Heavy Lifting: 1910

    Cleveland

    Cleveland photos and historic images from the turn of the century. Landmarks include Public Square, League Park, the Colonial Arcade, Gordon Park and Lake Erie. Cleveland photos can be purchase as fine-art prints.

    54 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/01/2014 - 11:05am

  • The Oriental: 1903

    Coney Island

    Historic Luna Park photos and Coney Island photos. This gallery includes photos of many famous Coney Island and Luna Park attractions. Coney Island photos can be purchased as fine-art prints.

    64 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 04/03/2014 - 1:57pm

  • Inaugural Parade: 1917

    D.C.

    Hundreds of Washington, D.C., photos showing the Capitol, White House, Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington Monument, Smithsonian Institution, Union Station, Patent Office, National Mall, Bolling Field, Lincoln Memorial, Old Post Office and other landmarks in the nation's capital, from the Civil War to World War 2.

    2462 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:18pm

  • The Photochrom Co.: 1902

    Detroit Photos

    Landmarks including the Wayne County Building, Detroit City Hall, Hotel Pontchartrain, Ford Building, Dime Bank, Detroit Post Office, Woodward Avenue, the Campus Martius and Cadillac Square. Telling the story of the city from the turn of the century to the 1940s, these Detroit photos can be purchased as fine-art prints.

    252 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/13/2014 - 4:54pm

  • Downtown Abbey: 1910

    Duluth

    Duluth, Minnesota, street scenes and cityscapes.

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 07/20/2014 - 2:33pm

  • Petite Visite à Grosse Ile: 1900

    Grosse Ile

    Grosse Ile, Michigan. Summer playground of the Detroit aristocracy.

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:36pm

  • Cuban Cargo: 1904

    Havana

    Photos taken in and around Havana, Cuba.

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/10/2013 - 1:40pm

  • Snowbirds: 1900

    Hot Springs

    Hot Springs, Arkansas

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 12/06/2013 - 2:12pm

  • Union Station: 1906

    Indianapolis

    Indianapolis, Indiana, street scenes and cityscapes.

    25 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/25/2013 - 5:08pm

  • Forsyth Street: 1910

    Jacksonville

    Jacksonville, Florida, street scenes and cityscapes.

    21 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 08/16/2014 - 1:54pm

  • BOT: 1906

    Kansas City MO

    Kansas City, Missouri, street scenes and cityscapes.

    10 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/15/2012 - 6:15pm

  • Damaged Lives: 1941

    Knoxville

    Knoxville, Tennessee, street scenes and cityscapes.

    10 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/03/2014 - 7:43pm

  • Signs and Portents: 1910

    Little Rock

    Little Rock, Arkansas, street scenes and cityscapes. Little Rock City Hall and the Pulaski County Courthouse.

    13 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/02/2014 - 2:13pm

  • Office Alfresco: 1958

    Los Angeles

    Los Angeles photos and historic images from the turn of the century. Los Angeles photos can be purchase as fine-art prints.

    29 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 4:46pm

  • Louisville Wharfboat: 1905

    Louisville

    Louisville, Kentucky, street scenes and cityscapes.

    20 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 2:47pm

  • Old Man River: 1910

    Memphis

    Memphis, Tennessee, street scenes and cityscapes.

    28 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 07/14/2014 - 8:37pm

  • Surfside One: 1908

    Miami

    Landmarks including Biscayne Bay, the Miami River and Henry Flagler's resort hotels.

    27 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 1:47am

  • High Wires: 1936

    Milwaukee

    Milwaukee, Wisconsin, street scenes and cityscapes.

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:59pm

  • Coat Tree: 1910

    Minneapolis

    Minneapolis-St. Paul street scenes and cityscapes.

    27 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 07/20/2014 - 12:53pm

  • Sweet Home Alabama: 1937

    Mobile

    Mobile, Alabama, street scenes and cityscapes.

    21 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/26/2014 - 1:22pm

  • Well-Connected: 1906

    Montgomery

    Montgomery, Alabama, street scenes and cityscapes.

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 04/11/2014 - 1:44pm

  • Danny the Driller: 1942

    Nashville

    Nashville, Tennessee, street scenes and cityscapes.

    12 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:00am

  • Back in the Day-O

    New Orleans

    New Orleans, Louisiana, street scenes and cityscapes.

    103 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/20/2014 - 1:34pm

  • High Finance: 1905

    New York

    Landmarks in Manhattan, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Staten Island, Queens and New York Harbor including the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, Singer Building, Chrysler Building, Empire State Building, RCA Building ("30 Rock"), Rockefeller Center, Seagram Building, Woolworth Building, Metropolitan Life tower, Flatiron Building, Central Park, Union Square, Brooklyn Bridge, 59th Street Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and Manhattan Bridge. Telling the story of the city from before the turn of the century through the 1940s, these New York photos can be purchased as fine-art prints.

    906 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/29/2014 - 12:34pm

  • Central Y: 1917

    Norfolk

    Norfolk, Virginia, street scenes and cityscapes.

    9 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/21/2012 - 7:19pm

  • A Lotta Cotton: 1905

    Pensacola

    Pensacola, Florida, street scenes and cityscapes.

    10 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 06/21/2014 - 3:08pm

  • Welcome to Petoskey: 1908

    Petoskey

    Petoskey, Michigan, bustling metropolis of the Lower Peninsula.

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/10/2012 - 2:04am

  • North From Locust: 1907

    Philadelphia

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, street scenes and cityscapes.

    78 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:06pm

  • Greyhound Garage: 1943

    Pittsburgh Photos

    Landmarks include steel mills, the Monongahela and Allegheny rivers, Mount Washington, Smithfield Street, Pan Handle Bridge, Point Bridge, Duquesne Incline and Wabash Station.

    61 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/02/2014 - 2:56pm

  • Velocipedes R Us: 1940

    Providence

    Providence, Rhode Island, street scenes and cityscapes.

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 5:49pm

  • Richmond Roue: 1912

    Richmond

    Richmond, Virginia, street scenes and cityscapes.

    31 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/19/2014 - 5:48pm

  • Welcome Interstate Managers: 1908

    Rochester

    Rochester, New York, street scenes and cityscapes.

    28 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/04/2014 - 10:40am

  • Essex Street: 1910

    Salem

    Salem, Massachusetts. Photos of historic structures including the Salem Witch House and House of Seven Gables.

    14 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 10/12/2013 - 12:24pm

  • The Naked City: 1906

    San Francisco

    San Francisco, California, street scenes and cityscapes. Aftermath of the 1906 earthquake and fire.

    39 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/25/2014 - 1:10pm

  • The Windsor: 1905

    Saratoga Springs

    The resort town of Saratoga Springs, New York, nexus of horse racing and mineral water.

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 06/15/2014 - 10:18pm

  • Hotel DeSoto: 1908

    Savannah

    Savannah, Georgia, street scenes and cityscapes.

    33 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 06/14/2014 - 10:49am

  • Riding the Rails: 1901

    Scranton

    The rail hub of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 07/29/2012 - 8:16pm

  • Satchel Paige: 1952

    St. Louis

    St. Louis, Missouri, street scenes and cityscapes.

    34 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 03/28/2014 - 12:51am

  • Genesee Street: 1904

    Syracuse

    Syracuse, New York, street scenes and cityscapes.

    21 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 06/25/2014 - 4:19pm

  • New Boody: 1909

    Toledo

    Toledo, Ohio, street scenes and cityscapes. Industrial facilities along the Maumee River.

    22 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 07/30/2014 - 12:39pm

  • Beautiful Utica: 1905

    Utica

    Utica, New York, street scenes and cityscapes.

    10 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 11/14/2013 - 4:32pm

  • Vicksburg Street View: 1909

    Vicksburg

    Vicksburg, Mississippi, street scenes and cityscapes.

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:39pm

  • Whiskeytown: 1900

    Walkerville

    Walkerville, Ontario, street scenes and cityscapes. Grounds and facilities of Hiram Walker & Sons, Distillers.

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 07/08/2014 - 2:10pm

 
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