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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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Louise and Friend: 1922

Louise and Friend: 1922

"Louise and flower-shop monkey" on a Washington, D.C., sidewalk. February 8, 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Moosehead Lake: 1921

Moosehead Lake: 1921

James Davis (white tank top) at Moosehead Lake in Maine in 1921. Davis, a former steelworker, was secretary of labor in the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations and later represented Pennsylvania in the Senate. He also wrote "The Iron Puddler." National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

The Peony Express: 1922

The Peony Express: 1922

"Louise and flower shop auto." February 5, 1922. (Yes, it really does say Louise on the hat. We have a different photo we'll post tomorrow.) "Louise" is tootling along the sidewalks of Washington in a battery-powered Custer Car very similar to the one being driven by Miss Bay. National Photo Co. Collection. View full size.

 

Boo-Hoo II

Boo-Hoo II

The mystery deepens. Another National Photo Company glass negative from 1920 of a kid carrying schoolbooks labeled "Boy Crying." View full size.

 

The Crying Boy: 1920

The Crying Boy: 1920

"Boy Crying (1920)" is all the caption card has to say about this enigmatic scene. Cheer up, Bub. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Young Men's Shop: 1921

Young Men's Shop: 1921

The Young Men's Shop in Washington, D.C., 1921. "We give you FREE a two-dollar bill with every pair of shoes." View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Dead Letter Office: 1922

Dead Letter Office: 1922

Dead Letter Office, probably in Washington. D.C. September 22, 1922. Somebody claim those tires! View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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