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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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Family Tree: 1895

Family Tree: 1895

Takoma Park, Md., circa 1895. Another look at Willard and Helen Douglas and their 90-degree tree. 5x7 glass negative by Edward M. Douglas. View full size.

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Let's Make a Deal!!!

Dave, I live only four miles or so from Takoma Park.

If I can find the exact tree shown in this photo, will you provide to me one of the great cars in the Las Vegas Kodachromes as a reward?

I realize that you might need to contact Jay Leno in order to fulfill this request, but you two should hit it off great!

Trail marker

Native Americans would tie down a branch or sapling pointing in the direction the trail went, and as the tree grew would leave a permanent marker pointing where to go. There are still a few left if you know where to look.

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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