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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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St. John's: 1900

St. John's: 1900

"St. John's Church, 16th & H streets N.W." From a series of dozens of National Photo glass negatives showing various Washington landmarks. The Library of Congress has given them a date range of "between 1918 and 1920," though they all seem to be from around 1900. Anyone out there from the LOC? View full size.

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The car is a 1900 Locomobile steamer.


I used to work right around the corner, and had to walk to a court off Lafayette Square frequently. It was always a pleasure to see St. John's facade and steeple along the way. It's a building with character, much needed in that part of the city, where bland office buildings have unfortunately taken root.

Church of the Presidents

This charming church is right across the square from the White House, and every US President since 1816 has attended there at least once.

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Zero horsepower.

That carriage has no horse!

[A "horseless carriage"? It'll never catch on. - Dave]

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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