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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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Capital Steps: 1923

Capital Steps: 1923

"City rowhouses, 1923." Another glimpse of back-alley Washington, D.C. Added bonus: a nice turnbuckle star. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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Yeah, but . . .

Every other door probably leads to a staircase to the second floor. Each ground-floor flat (as they would be called in my home town, San Francisco, since they have private entrances from the street), probably has a front hallway that leads past the cutout for the neighbor's staircase into an apartment that is twice as wide as it seems from the street.


Counting bricks, I estimate a width of 12 feet, 14 tops. One front door per unit. Single-loaded corridor.

Railroad Apartments?

Even for railroad apartments, those look narrow--unless there were two stoops per apartment.

Can it be?

Hey! I've been watching for the longest time for some milk on a windowsill. Is that a can of same hanging from above?

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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