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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Easter Baskets: 1970

Easter Baskets: 1970

Easter, 1970. My niece and nephews decked out in their Easter finery and other requisite accouterments. For extra points, pick out the wiseguy. Hint: It's not the Easter Bunny. Scanned from my sister's Kodacolor negative. View full size.

Nothing Special: 1925

Nothing Special: 1925

Circa 1925. "Dr. S.M. Johnson, Lee Highway Association." Seen here at the Zero Milestone in front of the White house. Samuel Johnson, "Apostle of Good Roads," was the tireless promoter of a southern-route transcontinental highway named after Gen. Robert E. Lee as a counterpart to the Lincoln Highway up north. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hello In There: 1920

Hello In There: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Merchants Bank, G Street N.W." What looks at first like a fairly desolate street scene turns out to have a number of players. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Desk Lamp: 1938

Desk Lamp: 1938

March 21, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Purchasing on an average of 4 million electric light bulbs annually, Uncle Sam is probably one of the largest users of light in the country. The National Bureau of Standards sees that the government gets value received in purchases by continually testing the incandescent lamps to determine their life and the amount of light they give. Using a special machine designed by the Bureau, Louis Barbrow is shown measuring the amount of light given by a lamp." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Five Stars: 1927

Five Stars: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Thayer Studio." No further information on these lithe and lissome lovelies. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Nuovo Orleans: 1906

Nuovo Orleans: 1906

New Orleans circa 1906. "Italian headquarters, Madison Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Clock-Stopper: 1906

Clock-Stopper: 1906

"Ferry Building, San Francisco, 1906." Aftermath of the earthquake and fire. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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