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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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Dynamite Kills Two Babes: 1920

Dynamite Kills Two Babes: 1920

November 18, 1920. "Newsboy holding the Washington Times." Whose banner headline, DYNAMITE KILLS TWO BABES ASLEEP IN CRIB, summarizes a lurid crime that literally rocked Montgomery County, Maryland, in the fall of 1920 when a house painter engaged in a political feud with his neighbor, farmhand James Bolton, dynamited his bungalow, killing the man along with the two small children of his housekeeper. Guy Vernon Thompson was hanged for the crime the following April. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The old house

You can still see remnants of the exploded house just off the trail that leads up to Black Hills from the Waters Landing community. Over the recent years, it has become more obscure. You can still find it if you know what you are looking for.

Last Man Hanging

According to this article, Guy Vernon Thompson has the distinction of being the last person hanged in Montgomery County before executions were centralized to Baltimore.

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From the archives of the Gettysburg Times, January 10, 1921.

A good scout

1911 pattern Boy Scout badge on his lapel.

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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