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Photographic plates preceded photographic film as a capture medium in photography, and were still used in some communities up until the late 20th century. The light-sensitive emulsion of silver salts was coated on a glass plate, typically thinner than common window glass, instead of a clear plastic film.

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Lieutenant Colonel Charles Cummings of Co. E, 1st Vermont Heavy Artillery Regiment, 16th Vermont Infantry Regiment, and 17th Vermont Infantry Regiment in uniform

Lieutenant Colonel Charles Cummings of Co. E, 1st Vermont Heavy Artill...

Title devised by Library staff. Annotation from negative, scratched on emulsion: 1468; tape on glass support: 1334 [crossed out]. Credit line: Civil war photographs, 1861-1865, Library of Congress, Prints and P... More

Army and Corps area Commanders meet with Woodring and Chief of Staff. Washington, D.C., Dec. 1. A conference held yesterday at the War Department between Army and Corps area commanders and the Secretary of War and Chief of Staff was held to plan intensive training of the army for the next six months. Left to right: Brig. Gen. Lorenzo D. Gasser; Maj. Gen. Daniel Van Voorhis, Commanding General of the 5th Corps. area; Maj. Gen. Percy P. Bishop, Commanding General, 7th Corps. area; Maj. Gen. Herbert J. Brees, Commanding General, 8th Corps area; Lieut. Gen. Stanley D. Embick, Commanding General, 3rd Army and Fourth Corps area; Lieut. Gen. Hugh A. Drum, Commanding General, First Army and Second Corps. area; Major Gen. George C. Marshall, Chief of Staff; Harry Woodring, Secretary of War, Lieut. Gen. Stanley H. Ford, Commanding General, 2nd Army and Sixth Corps area on or about Dec. 1 with the rank of Lieutenant General; Maj. Gen. James K. Parsons, Commanding General, 3rd Corps area; Maj. Gen. James A. Woodruff, Commanding General, 1st Corps area; Brig. Gen. George P. Tyner, Assistant Chief of Staff. Note: Brig. Gen. Gasser who is first in this photo is Acting Chief of Staff

Army and Corps area Commanders meet with Woodring and Chief of Staff. ...

Title from unverified caption data received with the Harris & Ewing Collection. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pn... More

Granite Railway, Quincy, Massachusetts

Granite Railway, Quincy, Massachusetts

First railway in U.S. 1826. Print of lithographs of car Courtesy of Thomas Crane Public Library

Quincy Railroad Station, Quincy Massachusetts

Quincy Railroad Station, Quincy Massachusetts

Henry Brown house, Chestnut Street Courtesy of Thomas Crane Public Library

The First Christmas Card (1846) copy

The First Christmas Card (1846) copy

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Lincoln as a member of Congress in 1847

Lincoln as a member of Congress in 1847

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Flight of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 23, 1847

Flight of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 23, 1847

Title and date from negative. Copy of print. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.hec Temp. note: Batch three.

Arco di Tito

Arco di Tito

Eugène Constant (French, active Italy, 1848–55)

Hotel de Sens, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Hotel de Sens, rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris

Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)

Eugène Atget - Jardin des Plantes

Eugène Atget - Jardin des Plantes

Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)

Street Paver LACMA M.2008.40.154.12

Street Paver LACMA M.2008.40.154.12

Wikimedia Commons image page ( http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Street_Paver_LACMA_M.2008.40.154.12.jpg ) .Description..Title.Street Paver..Description..: France, 1956.: Photographs.: Silver (gold-toned).... More

Agave du Mexique

Agave du Mexique

Eugène Atget (French, Libourne 1857–1927 Paris)

La Rue Beaubourg - et la maison ou ont en lieu le 14 Avril 1834 - les massacres de la Rue Transnonain - Rue Beaubourg - depuis 1851 (IIIe.)

La Rue Beaubourg - et la maison ou ont en lieu le 14 Avril 1834 - les ...

Digital Accession Number: 1981:0951:0054.0001..Maker: Eugène Atget (French, 1857-1927)..Title: La Rue Beaubourg - et la maison ou ont en lieu le 14 Avril 1834 - les massacres de la Rue Transnonain - Rue Beaubou... More

High school building, Quincy Massachusetts

High school building, Quincy Massachusetts

High School Avenue Courtesy of Thomas Crane Public Library

Richard Hoe. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Richard Hoe. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... More

Prof. Alexander Dallas Bache. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Prof. Alexander Dallas Bache. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civi...

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched into emulsion: A.D. Brache. See Loss[?]; died 1867; born in Phila 18[?] Feb 17. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph coll... More

Rev. Lyman Beecher. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War period.

Rev. Lyman Beecher. Mathew Brady photograph of American Civil War peri...

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... More

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