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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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Trenches in Virginia

Trenches in Virginia

How Granddad Spent the War: My paternal grandfather spent WWI as an officer at a camp in Virginia training troops. He was in an Engineering Corps unit and part of the program was training new engineers to dig and maintain trenches. This was shot with a Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic on 127 size roll film. I have the negs he processed (this roll is heavily reticulated) and a few prints along with the camera and a few accessories.

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Camp Humphreys

Since this was an Army engineering training ground located in Virginia, this is most likely Camp Humphreys, in Fairfax County not far from Washington, D.C. The grounds have changed and grown dramatically in the ensuing years, and the area is now known as Fort Belvoir.

Here's a link to a website describing the historic context of the facility, including a description of the original Camp Humphreys.

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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