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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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Shutterbuggy: 1920

Shutterbuggy: 1920

The clarinetist Ross Gorman and daughter circa 1920 in New York City. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Tombs: 1907

The Tombs: 1907

"Tombs Prison N.Y." And Manhattan Criminal Courts Building in November 1907. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Statuary Hall: 1908

Statuary Hall: 1908

"Statuary Hall, U.S. Capitol." Circa 1908 time exposure with a tour group of ghosts. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Crowell's Garage: 1921

Crowell's Garage: 1921

"Crowell's Garage, New York and Florida Aves." Detailed view of a Washington, D.C., service station circa 1921. View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Haunted House: 1908

Haunted House: 1908

House Chamber of the Capitol circa 1908, with a quorum of ghosts in this time exposure. View full size. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Where's the Fire: 1926

Where's the Fire: 1926

"Semmes Motor Co." Washington, D.C., Fire Department car (a Dodge) circa 1926. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Washington Merry-Go-Round: 1921

Washington Merry-Go-Round: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. Thomas Circle and Luther Place Memorial Church. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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