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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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Washington Gas Light: 1937

Washington Gas Light: 1937

Washington, D.C., 1937. "Washington Gas Light Co., 10th Street N.W." Current tenant: The FBI. 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

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The Washington Gas Light Co. remains the utility's name today.

Main St USA

That's a great photo. Well exposed, wide tonal range and tons of detail. The clouds make it pop.
B&W is still hard to beat.

No Moving Parts Electrolux Gas Refrigerator

Gas-powered absorption refrigerators are still used in RVs and remote homes off the electrical grid.

Every spring I help open a friend's cabin the north woods, and "did you light the refrigerator?" always makes me laugh.

Dic A Doo

"Cleans like magic!"

Back to the 50's

At the top of my first hot rod wish list was a 1937 Ford coupe. That was in '53 and I still haven't found one.

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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