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The Passion of Pola: 1921

The Passion of Pola: 1921

January 1921. Washington, D.C. "Metropolitan Theater crowds for 'Passion.'" The line outside Crandall's Metropolitan on F Street to see Pola Negri in "Passion," aka "Madame DuBarry." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Smoking Bed: 1915

The Smoking Bed: 1915

October 23, 1915. Washington, D.C. "Bedell fire, Seventh & D streets." Bedell Manufacturing made mattresses. Three years after a fire in 1912, R.P. Andrews Paper has vacated its D Street premises, but the block still seems unusually combustible. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Possibly Naked: 1922

Possibly Naked: 1922

July 28, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Unclothed woman behind '?' sign." That pretty well sums it up. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Helping Hand: 1919

A Helping Hand: 1919

Washington circa 1919. "Woman being instructed in driving of automobile." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Room 509: 1920

Room 509: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Office with women and typewriters" is all it says here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Freddy and Harley: 1922

Freddy and Harley: 1922

"Fretwell, 1922." Fred "Freddy" Fretwell of Washington on a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. National Photo Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Band of Brothers: 1865

Band of Brothers: 1865

"Soldier group, Federal Army." Circa 1865 wet-plate glass negative, location and photographer unknown. Library of Congress Civil War collection. View full size

 
 
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