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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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Vertigo: 1935

Vertigo: 1935

1935. Washington, D.C. "View looking down from U.S. Capitol dome, West Front." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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That's a nifty photo!

In 1987, the firm I was then working for, who did aerial survey and photogrammetry work, had a job from the Architect of the U.S. Capitol's office to take aerial photos of Capitol building and the surrounding area, which extended over to include Union Station. It took at least a year to get permission to do the flyover, and, of course, the agency which was so slow to give the required permission was the Architect of the U.S. Capitol's office.

It just seemed odd to me, but I hadn't been working in Washington long at that point. Now I would expect such behavior. I got to keep one of the very-restricted-access photo prints, which was damaged by a shipper, and the detail at 24" x 36" print size is amazing.

That is unnerving!

That said, I've taken photos and work measurements from the rooftop of Chicago's Trump tower at 1800 feet above the street. This is far scarier than being able to see four states!

Looked at it, got confused

Couldn't figure this out until i turned it upside down, then it made sense.

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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