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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.

 
 
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Old Dutch Market: 1920

Old Dutch Market: 1920

Old Dutch Market circa 1920. The chain ("The Market of Cleanliness"), whose main store was at 622-24 Pennsylvania Avenue, had about a dozen branches in the Washington area. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Potomac Garage: 1922

Potomac Garage: 1922

The Potomac Garage in 1922. 3307-3309 M Street N.W. "Just phone West-344." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

King of the Road: 1920

King of the Road: 1920

Washington, D.C., banker and bon vivant Eddie Voigt in a pimped-out Abbott-Detroit roadster circa 1920. View full size. Thanks to PER for unearthing the story of his rise and fall. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Fifteenth and F: 1865

Fifteenth and F: 1865

April 1865. "Washington, District of Columbia. Sanitary Commission storehouse and adjoining houses at 15th and F Streets N.W." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Bingo: 1938

Bingo: 1938

November 1938. "Women playing bingo, a very popular game at the state fair. Donaldsonville, Louisiana." View full size. 35mm negative by Russell Lee.

 

Queen of the Mustangs: 1966

Queen of the Mustangs: 1966

July 4, 1966. Twin Cities Fourth of July Parade on Magnolia Avenue in Larkspur, California. And if two brand-new, dealer stock Mustangs weren't enough, an early Studebaker Lark in the used car lot. The other Twin City was neighboring Corte Madera. My Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Liberty Market: 1920

Liberty Market: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Northern Liberty Market (Convention Hall Market) at Fifth and K." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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