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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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The Human Fly: 1917

The Human Fly: 1917

Once again it's daredevil John "Jammie" Reynolds, seen here clambering up a building in an unusual (and maybe unintentional) multiple exposure circa 1917. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Good to the Last Drop!

Is that a Maxwell House ad on that nimble fellow's back?

[I dunno, but if that sign on his back really says "Good to the last drop" -- yikes. Wicked funny. - Dave]


Nice climbing shoes!!

Dulin's Restaurants

Ernest Dulin ran two restaurants--at 710 13th Street NW and 814 14th Street.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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