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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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The Auto Zone: 1921

The Auto Zone: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Lee Tire Sales Co., exterior." A clutch of transport-related businesses on 14th Street N.W. National Photo Company. View full size.

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Non-Skid Row

This typical row of storefronts was previously featured in the background of a 1932 accident scene:


I've noticed with all these DC photographs, there are no street signs, which surprises me for such a populous area. Was that normal?

[Look again. Here, here and here, to give three recent examples. - Dave]

1600 14th Street NW today

The store (1600) was at the corner of 14th and Q.

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I See Dead People

I think I saw that little girl and her twin sister in a recent horror film about a haunted house. Whenever they appeared there was childrens laughter in the backround and the bone-chilling nursery rhyme music associated with poltergeists. Now I'm scared.

Those were the days

Free air, and also bicycles for the taking. Only one of those things remains today.

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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