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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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Bureaucratic Blizzard: 1935

Bureaucratic Blizzard: 1935

Washington circa 1935. "U.S. Capitol exteriors. Dome of Capitol and park in winter." 5x7 nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

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What a beautiful picture. One of the loveliest I've seen on Shorpy. Thank you.


I remember snow like this, walking on unshoveled sidewalks and paths through the park. We don't get snow like this anymore in KS. Not for a long time anyway. I wish we did as I miss it.


I come from a place (Winnipeg) of cold winters and crisp snow and long afternoon shadows. This photo makes me yearn for the days, before salt, when pathways were plowed but covered with snowpack. The contrast of the snow against the dark branches of the left foreground tree is just gorgeous.

Bureaucratic Blizzard: 2016

The snow in Washington is probably three times that deep this afternoon . . . and it is still coming down heavily.

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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