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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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Rear Window: 1935

Rear Window: 1935

September 1935. Washington, D.C. "Negro back yards near Capitol." A back alley view of some F Street tenements that are an interesting mix of appalling and appealing. 35mm nitrate negative by Carl Mydans. View full size.

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Outdoor privies

In David Brinkley's excellent book, "Washington Goes to War", about his time in DC during WW II, he points out that at the beginning of the war there were something like 17,000 homes in the capital that still had outdoor plumbing.

I get the appalling part

But where is the "appealing"? Was there even indoor plumbing?

Dad-burned young whippersnapper!

Note what looks like the remains of a tricycle on the roof. Some grandfather probably threw it there after a nasty trip coming out of the house.

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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