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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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Basin Ball: 1924

Basin Ball: 1924

July 10, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Push ball at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.


Royal Prerogative

I see Prince Albert and Queen Victoria have a platform to themselves.

Da-Dum, Da-Dum

All I could think of was the "Jaws" theme!

Swimming Platforms

Those swimming platforms were still around when I was a youth in the early 1950's.

Law & Order: Special Beach Balls Unit

That has to be the biggest beach ball in the history of humankind. Looks dangerous.

The Suits

The best part about this picture is that the subjects had actually gotten the their bathing attire entirely wet.

Welcome to the Village

The Prisoner, 1.0

Is it our old friend

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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