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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Dormitory: 1911

Dormitory: 1911

"Young man in dormitory room." More baseball cards. Our cadet/orderly/cook has calendars for 1910 and 1911 on the wall, and a crest for the Quartermaster Corps on the bed. Thanks to Kurt for suggesting this photo. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Coal Creek: 1910

Coal Creek: 1910

December 1910. Coal Creek, Tennessee. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek. James has been there four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

F Battery: 1918

F Battery: 1918

"Lithnan & Latham, F Baltcry. 12 Peduri [?]" is the Library of Congress's uncertain transcription of the handwriting on this circa WWI negative. Which seems to say "F Battery," not Baltcry. "Lithnan" and "12 Peduri" are also iffy. Who can help us sort it out? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cottage for Sale: 1920

Cottage for Sale: 1920

"Washington Times. 6929 Ninth Street," circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Fast-forward to 6929 today.

 

Long Goodie: 1925

Long Goodie: 1925

April 14, 1925. "Margaret Gorman with 'Long Goodie.' " Margaret, the Girl With the Crocodile Car, was the first-ever Miss America. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

953 Shepherd Street: 1920

953 Shepherd Street: 1920

Continuing our high-definition tour of Washington, D.C., real estate circa 1920. "Washington Herald. 953 Shepherd Street NW." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. 953 Shepherd Street today.

 

Town and Country: 1913

Town and Country: 1913

June 28, 1913. Washington, D.C. "Massachusetts Avenue Heights." Woodland Drive at 32nd Street NW. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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