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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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Foot Patrol: 1923

Foot Patrol: 1923

Washington, D.C. "S.S. Banks, March 20, 1923." We suspect this has something to do with traffic safety. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Adams Morgan

This photo is taken at the corner of 18th Street, Columbia Road, and Adams Mill Road. The perspective is looking east on Columbia Road. The building on the left is currently a BB&T Bank.


I'm guessing it's something he found stuck in the rails of the Trolley behind him.

Or, Cinderella left it at the Ball and he has till midnight to find her.

Introduction of the Walk / Don't Walk signal!

If the shoe is held up, walk!
If it's not, don't walk!

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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