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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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Special Delivery: 1924

Special Delivery: 1924

Washington, D.C., mail delivery via Harley-Davidson motorcycle sidecar circa 1924. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Trying to track this down.

Where is this located? I couldn't find it in the LoC's National Photo Company Collection online.

[It's here. - Dave]

Postal Square Building

I thought I recognized those giant light fixtures -- it's outside the City Post Office Building, now called the Postal Square Building. This is at Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street, looking north along North Capitol. Here is how one of the lights looks today:

There don't seem to be many pictures of that side of the building online, but here's a shot from 1998. If you look closely you can see the rounded corner to the steps:

The National Postal Museum is in this building now, among other things.

SHORPY OLD 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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