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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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Global Positioning: 1915

Global Positioning: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "U.S. Geological Survey engraving room." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

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Tarzan of the maps

I have a desperate need to play Tarzan on those lamps.


Looks like a peaceful place to work.

The Light

So much natural light! Windows that might even open! I wish more workplaces today were that bright. Sure, you'd get some glare on computer screens, but it'd be worth it to not feel like you're trapped in a tomb.

Time coating

One can almost see the fine film of institutional dust layering on the eyelids of the workers.

Everybody actually working.

Not one person is playing computer solitaire, looking for a partner, forwarding jokes to friends, looking at porn or ordering stuff online. Can people today imagine that drudgery?


I'm curious what's going on in that painting at the far end of the hall. Allegorical figure of cartography?

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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