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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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The New Nash: 1921

The New Nash: 1921

"Nash sedan, 1921." The pride of Kenosha, parked somewhere in Washington. 8x6 inch glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.


1343 14th Street NW?

I found this ad in the Sunday, April 22, 1917 edition of the Washington Times.

Henry Frain 1866-1940

"Henry Frain -- Painting" reads the sign reflected in the car window. Very possibly this guy: "Mr. Frain, a native and lifelong resident of Washington, was the son of the late Davis and Maria Frain. He succeeded his father in business as a painting contractor."

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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