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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

Ghost Town: 1921

Ghost Town: 1921

"Municipal Building, Southern Railway, and Post Office Department, from the Willard Hotel roof." An ethereal, almost spectral view of Pennsylvania Avenue at 14th Street N.W. in Washington circa 1921, with the Old Post Office tower at left. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sea Legs: 1927

Sea Legs: 1927

March 23, 1927. Our second look at Sally Phillips, Fanny Dial, Frances Gore and Georgiana Joyes somewhere on the Potomac. View full size. National Photo.

 

Revenge of Tarzan: 1921

Revenge of Tarzan: 1921

January 1921. The Criterion Theater in Washington, D.C. Now playing: "The Revenge of Tarzan." View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

En Route: 1921

En Route: 1921

"Union Station concourse, 1921." View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Embajada de Mexico: 1920

Embajada de Mexico: 1920

Washington circa 1920. "Mexican Embassy on Eye Street (moved)." A substantial looking edifice with a bit of a mold problem. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Tin Can Tourists: 1921

Tin Can Tourists: 1921

"Tin can tourists. 1921 or 1922." Car camping and watermelon in or around Washington, D.C. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Georgetown: 1920

Georgetown: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Foley group, Georgetown." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. I just know there's someone out there who can tell us more about Foley and his group. Right?

 
 
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