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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 • VINTAGE RIO TRAVEL, c 1950s

Staff Meeting: 1865

Staff Meeting: 1865

July 1865. "Washington, District of Columbia. Brevetted Brigadier General Napoleon Bonaparte McLaughlen (seated, second from right) and staff." Wet collodion glass plate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Now Playing: 1920

Now Playing: 1920

"York Theater, night." Washington, D.C., circa 1920. Among the cinematic offerings: Jack Pickford in "In Wrong." National Photo Co. View full size.

 

The Neighbors: 1936

The Neighbors: 1936

March 1936. "Middle class houses of the town. Birmingham, Alabama." Nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Dry Humor: 1916

Dry Humor: 1916

Washington, D.C., circa 1916. There's no caption for this one so we'll have to improvise: "Allegory of Prohibition with cook, goat and ledger-toting old-timer in blackface." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ithaca: 1901

Ithaca: 1901

State Street in Ithaca, N.Y., circa 1901. Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Passion of Pola: 1921

The Passion of Pola: 1921

January 1921. Washington, D.C. "Metropolitan Theater crowds for 'Passion.'" The line outside Crandall's Metropolitan on F Street to see Pola Negri in "Passion," aka "Madame DuBarry." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

The Smoking Bed: 1915

The Smoking Bed: 1915

October 23, 1915. Washington, D.C. "Bedell fire, Seventh & D streets." Bedell Manufacturing made mattresses. Three years after a fire in 1912, R.P. Andrews Paper has vacated its D Street premises, but the block still seems unusually combustible. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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