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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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Zone of Quiet: 1925

Zone of Quiet: 1925

January 1925. Washington, D.C. "Wardman Motor Co. and Carlton Garage, 1108-14 Vermont Avenue." Dealer in Willys-Knight and Overland cars. We take our title from the sign on the lamppost: ZONE OF QUIET: ALL UN­NECESSARY NOISES PROHIBITED. 8x10 glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

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Still can hear my Dad hollering

for leaving an inch of milk in the bottle. Why didn't you just finish it??

Unnecessary Noise Prohibited

I once saw a sign exactly like that on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, next to a hospital. I've always wondered how the police would enforce that regulation. Would an officer approach an offender and say: "Was that noise really necessary? Because if not, I'm gonna have to book you!"

A long lost friend!

Nearly empty milk bottle out on the windowsill to keep cool.

[Plus another one over at the Burlington! - Dave]

Kudos! Finding the second bottle at the Burlington takes a sharp eye! (Brief round of polite applause.)

[Please, no applause -- just throw money. - Dave]

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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