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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • CAMPBELL SOUP KID, c. 1910

Frisco Alfresco: 1906

Frisco Alfresco: 1906

San Francisco, April 1906, after the earthquake and fire that leveled much of the city. "Cooking in the street." Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

The Watchers: 1920

The Watchers: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Selinger front, 820 F Street." Onlookers at the wristwatch display seen in the previous post. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

A Face in the Crowd: 1920

A Face in the Crowd: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Selinger window, 820 F Street N.W., sale of Army wrist watches." Wristwatches, which saw widespread use during the First World War as "trench watches," were entering the mainstream as the era of the pocket watch began to wind down. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

M Is for Movie: 1919

M Is for Movie: 1919

Alternate title: "The Blob." Washington, D.C., circa 1919. This glass negative is in sad shape but still has lots of interesting details, especially if you're a movie buff. A very indistinct scrawl along the edge has been transcribed as "Meadus Theater." Extra credit for the first commenter to Street View this. (UPDATE: Put your hands together for Charlene, who was the first to correctly name and locate this cinema -- Meader's Theater on Eighth Street S.E.) View full size.

 

The Klan: 1922

The Klan: 1922

Washington, D.C., or its Virginia suburbs. "March 18, 1922. Ku Klux Klan." And Klanmobile. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tires Slashed: 1922

Tires Slashed: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Amalgamated Tires, 14th Street N.W." Hurry on down for our BIG SALE! National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Navy Fighters: 1897

Navy Fighters: 1897

Circa 1897. "Boxing aboard the U.S.S. Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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