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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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Fifteenth Street: 1918

Fifteenth Street: 1918

Washington, D.C., in 1918. "Fifteenth Street." Motoring past the Treasury Building with chains on. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.


Town Car

The car in the foreground (with one tire chain) is a 1917/18 Ford Model T Town Car, essentially a Fliver Limousine, I never understood who would buy a car with such obvious pretensions. Perhaps it was early enough in the era of motordom that simply owning an automobile was impressive enough.

A son overseas

Note the service star in the back window of that runabout.

Proof Positive ...

that our Treasury has been on a slippery slope for a long time.

Cheaped out

Looks like our friend in the back here is saving some dough. Only has a chain on one rear wheel.

Downtown D.C. 1918

No question, the people dressed better.

Seen on the Sawbuck

Which one of these guys ended up on the back of the $10 bill?

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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