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old photos of japan
DIGITAL COPY FROM SOURCE PHOTOS
1. Some photos exist at
in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room webpage in both screen viewing quality and print quality (from flatbed scanner). By contrast the copies here have been made by natural room lighting using a handheld digital camera at 3 megapixel file size.
2. Photos combined into compressed (ZIP) folders have been edited for sharpness, cropping, color balance and glare using the photo organizer and editor Picasa3 (
). These edited copy images then have been exported into small image format at 640x480 pixels, which is full-frame for Standard Definition video and gives a full-size image in PowerPoint slideshows, as well. However, it does not print out very well.
3. If you require the full-size (JPG) digital copy of the photo, please send the small file or its filename to Mr. G P Witteveen,
in order to receive the bigger file. In the event the very highest quality print file is needed, then the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Reading Room has a request form and fee schedule for scanning and returning images that have not previously been produced in digital form. For those previously scanned, they may well be available for download from their search webpage.
Notes concerning photos found in these folders:
Filenames with "nywts" come from the New York World and Telegraph Sun collection at the Library of Congress and consist of photos originally owned by diverse agencies. Use rights need to be searched case by case from the
webpage of the Prints & Photograph Reading Room.
Filenames with the word "stereo" come from the Library of Congress stereoscopic collections and are public domain. Thus these can be re-used and various form, as long as attribution is made. Filenames with the word "lot" use the code at the Library of Congress collections in the Prints & Photographs Reading Room. These are almost certainly public domain, but before re-using in publication, the status should be verified through P & P Reading Room staff.
predating the 2010 project date of visiting the Library of Congress Asian Reading Room were made by G P Witteveen and may be used with credit given as
"courtesy of G P Witteveen."
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