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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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Out to Lunch: 1908

Out to Lunch: 1908

1908. The East Front of the U.S. Capitol, with the Washington Monument at left. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Whee: 1943

Whee: 1943

December 1943. Washington, D.C. "Child playing in nursery at the United Nations service center while her mother buys tickets at Union Station." Medium format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Wormhole: 1864

Wormhole: 1864

The full-size version of this is a kind of portal to the past. "May 1864. Fredericksburg, Virginia. Cooking tent of the U.S. Sanitary Commission." Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war, Grant's Wilderness Campaign, May-June 1864. Wet plate glass negative by James Gardner. View full size.

 

Off the Rails: 1926

Off the Rails: 1926

July 20, 1926. Another view of the train wreck at Cameron Run, near Alexandria, Virginia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Derailed: 1926

Derailed: 1926

July 20, 1926. "Train wreck at Cameron Run." A 35-car derailment in Virginia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

The Big Train: 1924

The Big Train: 1924

September 30, 1924. Washington Nationals pitcher Walter Johnson, aka "The Big Train," with his wife, mother and children at Union Station. View full size. National Photo Company collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Be My Guest: 1944

Be My Guest: 1944

March 1944. Two guests at a St. Patrick's Day party at the Washington Labor Canteen sponsored by the United Federal Workers of America. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Joseph Horne, Office of War Information.

 
 
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