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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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Skirting the Law: 1920

Skirting the Law: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Internal Revenue (narcotics -- concealment and smuggling)." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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One for the road, perhaps, Madam?

On the window ledge, something possibly contrabandish in plain brown paper secured with gum bands, as we used to call them. To the right of the switch on the wall, the world's smallest map of the U.S.

Something about this picture

It reminds me of a Johannes Vermeer painting! It's the woman set against the window and wall background that are in many of his masterpieces. Great photo!

A Very Old Master

Vermeer was around in 1920? Who Knew?

Anxiously Waiting

for somebody to invent the polyethylene zip-lock bag.

Good old times?

When the major illicit substance was ethanol C2H5OH, sometimes contaminated with methanol, and some canabis on the side. Rather than meth, crack, opiate derivatives, et al, and only God knows what contaminants ...

Just The Facts, Ma'am

Just what's in the carefully wrapped bottle on that window sill?

Muggles in the Pocket

Looks more like moonshine moo-juice than Bouquet.

It takes one to know one

Wait a minute - SHE has a suspicious-looking pocket on her skirt, too!

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | 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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