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.
Vintage photos of:
Washington circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, interior, 14th and U streets." We're happy to report that this branch upholds People's reputation as a purveyor of such household essentials as Glemby Hair Nets, hot water bottles and scary black rubber gloves. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.