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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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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.

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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?

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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."

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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