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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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Under Construction: 1863

Under Construction: 1863

"Trinity Episcopal Church, 3rd & C & Ind. Ave." Unfinished Capitol in the background, circa 1863-64. View full size. Brady-Handy Collection.

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Note that both the Senate

Note that both the Senate and the House were in session when this photo was taken. See the flags flying over each chamber.

Third and Indiana

It's at 3rd and Indiana. Indiana no longer intersects with 3rd but there's an information plaque in the area which has this exact picture and describes the intersection and the history of it getting torn down to make way for I-395. (Check Google Street View at 526 D St NW to see the plaque, it's next to the Subway Restaurant).

Here today, gone tomorrow...

This photo was shot looking NW and shows the East side of the Capitol. The church is long gone and what you would see now is the back of the Annex to the Library of Congress.

[Wrong. This is the West Front. We're looking southeast. - Dave]

Number of automobiles: 0

I guess the Mall as we know it wasn't there yet. And the Lincoln Memorial site was probably a muddy patch of ground.

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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