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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

The Insurance Lobby: 1937

The Insurance Lobby: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Lobby, Acacia Mutual Life Insurance Co. building." 8x10 inch nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 
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Shown early in her career developing techniques for maintaining order in a pristine lobby bereft of visitors, she later changed jobs and became way cool as seen here. Her doctoral thesis, Liberating Lavish Lobbies of Lallygaggers, was never published.

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If you look carefully through the portal between the two columns, you can spot at least one pair of shoes with feet attached. It's nice to know that there is at least some semblance of human companionship for our otherwise lonely and isolated receptionist!

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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