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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Eight Is Enough: 1926

Eight Is Enough: 1926

May 1, 1926. Eight-oar shell crew of Capital Athletic Club against a backdrop of the Key Bridge over the Potomac. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Stove Warehouse: 1865

Stove Warehouse: 1865

The Petersburg, Virginia, courthouse in 1865. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war, the siege of Petersburg, June 1864-April 1865. Glass plate negative, right half of stereograph pair. Photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Capital Athletic: 1926

Capital Athletic: 1926

May 1, 1926. Washington, D.C. Eight-oar shell crew of the Capital Athletic Club on the Potomac between the Francis Scott Key and Aqueduct bridges. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

He'll Knock Your Block Off: 1925

He'll Knock Your Block Off: 1925

February 21, 1925. Washington, D.C. "William R. Whipp, Walter Edger Jr. and William Asher at the Racquet Club." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Canoe Club: 1924

Canoe Club: 1924

1924. Washington Canoe Club rowers on the Potomac near the recently finished Key Bridge and older Aqueduct Bridge. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Margaret Zolnay: 1925

Margaret Zolnay: 1925

June 18, 1925. "Miss Margaret Zolnay." Our second look at this beguiling ballerina. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Medium on M Street: 1937

Medium on M Street: 1937

December 1937. At 703 M Street in Washington we have Madame LaBey, reader of palms and dispenser of advice "on all affairs of life." She's clairvoyant, but ring the doorbell anyway. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon.

 
 
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