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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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Tiny Dancers: 1919

Tiny Dancers: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Georgetown" is all the caption says. 8x0 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.


Now and Then

With every picture on this site, but especially this one, I wish I could walk into the frame and join them for an hour.

How did you do that?

I understand the concept of enlarging a detail, but how did you get the glare off of the wavy glass so that we can now read the Bible quote?

[I used a different picture. - Dave]

Wm. Lee's School, Georgetown

This picture is part of the: Wm. Lee's School, Georgetown, D.C. listing at the LOC.

"...thy hand...might."

What instructive saying do you think was over the door? A quick Google search suggests a verse from Ecclesiastes: "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might."

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