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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 • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Traffic-Stopper: 1924

Traffic-Stopper: 1924

"The license plate is almost as large as her automobile, but Miss Mary Bay likes her car because it is easy to park. Miss Bay is shown braving the traffic of Washington." January 29, 1924. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Motley Crew: 1864

Motley Crew: 1864

A closeup of the gents in the 1864 Civil War photo two doors down. An interesting variety of smoking materials, headgear and footwear. View full size.

 

Petersburg: 1864

Petersburg: 1864

August 1864. "Petersburg, North Carolina. Group at headquarters of the Provost Marshal Department." View full size. Wet collodion glass-plate negative, LOC.

 

What Happened?

What Happened?

"Fire Wreck." January 5, 1921, in Washington, D.C. Back in April we posted this view of the same crash, at Columbia Road and Sherman Avenue, of the fire chief's Chevrolet. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Cleanup on Aisle 3

Cleanup on Aisle 3

November 9, 1923. Firemen extinguishing a blaze at the Piggly Wiggly, location not specified. View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Where's the Fire?

Where's the Fire?

April 10, 1922. Wreck of truck and fire engine, location not specified. Are there any clues here? View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Portland Apartments Fire: 1922

Portland Apartments Fire: 1922

Washington, D.C. Rescuing residents from the Portland Apartments fire of May 2, 1922. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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