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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.

 
 
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Housing Boom: 1923

Housing Boom: 1923

1923. "Allied Asphalt Products Co., 4700 block of 8th St." The Joseph Shapiro Company Exhibit House at Eighth and Crittenden streets N.W. in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

After Hours: 1921

After Hours: 1921

"Mrs. McPherson, interior, Lansburgh." 1921 or 1922. The old Lansburgh department store in Washington, D.C. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Gearhead Heaven: 1926

Gearhead Heaven: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Standard Automotive Supply Co., 14th & S streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fun Between Times: 1909

Fun Between Times: 1909

January 1909. Macon, Georgia. "Doffer boys have lots of fun between times. (But get habits of irregular work.) This is the middle of the morning. Willingham Cotton Mills." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

George Christopher: 1910

George Christopher: 1910

Nashville, November 1910. "George Christopher, Postal Telegraph messenger #7, fourteen years old. Been at it over three years. Does not work nights." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Ghostland: 1920

Ghostland: 1920

Workers on the tracks at Union Station in Washington on a winter day circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

A Young Waitress: 1917

A Young Waitress: 1917

January 31, 1917. "Exchange Luncheon. Delia Kane, 14 years old. 99 C Street, South Boston. A young waitress." View full size. Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 
 
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