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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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Over the Line: 1924

Over the Line: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "High school track meet, Central Stadium." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

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The winner is....

The winner is a winner. Apparently not only athletic as shown in the moment but with his good looks, he must have been a lady-killer in his day. He appears to be about 16 years old or so, it is difficult to imagine that if he were yet living today, he would be 100.

Central High

Central High at 13th & Clifton NW, later to become Cardozo High School! Only the old-timers remember it being called Central High. It was all white and later become completely African American -- and today is predominantly Hispanic. This beautiful school on the hill has certainly seen the times change in D.C. and has housed and schooled generations!

[The cornerstone was laid in 1915; the 400,000-square-foot school opened two years later. - Dave]


An epic photo if there ever was one!!

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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