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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 • FOR LIBERTY'S SAKE, 1917

Happy Birthday to Me: 1955

Happy Birthday to Me: 1955

August 15, 1955. My ninth birthday. In answer to my request, we had turkey with all the trimmings. I'm pretending to carve. The camera this was taken with was probably a birthday present, thereby starting me on my road to photographic immortality. Poetic justice that the shot's out of focus. Gobble gobble.

Zip It Garage: 1919

Zip It Garage: 1919

District of Columbia, 1919. Willard Service Station, Washington Battery Co., 1623 L Street. The sign: "We respectfully request customers to refrain from talking to workmen. Any information desired will be cheerfully given out by floor superintendent." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Petro-Hut: 1920

Petro-Hut: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Penn Oil Co., Massachusetts Avenue & Wisconsin Avenue station." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Hot Wheels: 1920

Hot Wheels: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Hudson, stolen car." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Yin and Yang: 1928

Yin and Yang: 1928

1928 or 1929. Production workers at the huge Atwater Kent radio factory in Philadelphia. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Oarsman Bolles: 1923

Oarsman Bolles: 1923

March 20, 1923. "H.A. Bolles, Annapolis. Crew Captain." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Holy Roller: 1920

Holy Roller: 1920

1920. "William Downer Auto Home, Gospel Car No. 1." The Reverend hailed from Glassboro, New Jersey. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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