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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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Fifteenth and F: 1865

Fifteenth and F: 1865

April 1865. "Washington, District of Columbia. Sanitary Commission storehouse and adjoining houses at 15th and F Streets N.W." Wet plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

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Below is the same view from May of 2016.

Windows 65

I got curious and just for fun used PaintShop Pro to lighten the various window openings in the photo just to see if I could see anything inside the building. In the lower window next to the door there appears to be a man sitting there, wearing cap, head down as if he's working at a desk:

Might just be shadows but these windows in time on Shorpy do fire the imagination.

Cellar doors

Why are four of the cellar doors open? Would that have been typical on a work day, or was it for a particular reason this day - like for a delivery, coal perhaps?

Thanks for pointing out the blocks and gangplanks - one of those everyday things of the past you never stop to think about today.

And to your right...

Note the Treasury Department in the far right of the frame.

Curb Service

Note the stone blocks and gangplanks at the curb for stepping into and out of a carriage.

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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