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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

The Jerk: 1921

The Jerk: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "People's Drug store, 31st & M Streets N.W., soda fountain." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

No Horseplay: 1923

No Horseplay: 1923

June 26, 1923. Back at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Taken a year after the pool's opening in 1922, this photo shows the addition of a slide. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Jersey Shore: 1908

Jersey Shore: 1908

July 19, 1908. "Negro bathers, Asbury Park." A frolic in the New Jersey surf. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

D.C. Duesie: 1921

D.C. Duesie: 1921

Circa 1921. "Duesenberg car at White House." Reflecting a modest entourage. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Little Old Church in Our Yard: 1972

The Little Old Church in Our Yard: 1972

How did we manage to get a church in our back yard, you may ask? Because it's only about 18 inches tall. It's modeled (so to speak) after Alice in Wonderland's church in Disneyland's Storybook Land, which I was fascinated with. I started my version on my own in the early 60s, but by this time I'd gotten an equally model-mad friend involved and we built this. By then I had the to-scale landscaping down, including Irish and Scotch moss for grass-like ground cover. I also had the Seven Dwarfs' cottage plus Toad Hall and Moley's house from Wind in the Willows, likewise patterned after those in the Disneyland ride. Subsequent owners of our place let all my miniature trees grow, and now they're gigantic. View full size.

Splash: 1922

Splash: 1922

July 15, 1922. The new swimming pool at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Young Artists: 1939

The Young Artists: 1939

Washington, D.C., 1939. "Anacostia High School art class." National Photo Company Collection safety film negative. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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