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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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Ben-Hurry: 1917

Ben-Hurry: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Devereux child in chariot." Late for the toga party. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


Fancy Carriage House

Taken near the juncture of 22nd and P St., NW, this photo also shows the elegant carriage house designed by Ogden Codman, Jr., which is now concealed along the facade by the former Apex nightclub.

Focal Plane Shutter

Evidently it was taken with a focal plane shutter, with the characteristic parallelogram distortion of panned background buildings.

Speed Graphic camera?

[Speed Graphics were film cameras. - Dave]

That face!

Another priceless photo of a real person, with a real expression, from the era when everyone else was stiffly posing. Shorpy warms the cockles of my hardened old heart.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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