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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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Emergency Hospital: 1920

Emergency Hospital: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Emergency Hospital, interior." The latest in lab facilities. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Speed Regulator

The switch box over the woman's shoulder is a speed regulator for the drum-shaped centrifuge right behind her at her feet. The actual spinner head is inside; the drum is meant to contain the infectious glass shrapnel if the test tubes shatter at high speed.


It appears the technician at the table ordered the Kung Pao Chicken for lunch again.

At least I hope so!

What's that?

What is the thing on the wall over the guy with the microscope? Also, check out the switch box on the wall behind the lady.

Photographer's instructions

"Alright, everybody, look busy!"

Hazardous Duty

I hope they have an EMT standing by whenever the custodian clambers atop the autoclave to wind the clock!


Love the bare lightbulb!

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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