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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

The Girl With the Crocodile Car

The Girl With the Crocodile Car

1921. "Margaret Gorman in Birmingham car." Whose reptilian body has an alligator finish. In 1921 Margaret was both the first Miss Washington, D.C., and the first Miss America. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Home Sweet Home Home Home

Home Sweet Home Home Home

District of Columbia, 1919 or 1920. "Washington Times, 609 to 637 Princeton Street." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Apparatus: 1929

Apparatus: 1929

August 24, 1929. "Donald H. Brooks, Bureau of Standards." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. So -- what's he doing?

 

Quality Apples: 1926

Quality Apples: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "National Apple Week. Sanitary Grocery." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Potomac Park: 1924

Potomac Park: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Potomac Park Apartments, 21st and C Streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Big Sale To-Day: 1920

Big Sale To-Day: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920 or 1921. "J.E. Cunningham Co., interior." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Make Yourself Comfortable

Make Yourself Comfortable

Washington, D.C., 1920. "National Photo Company, front room." View full size. Glass negative: National Photo Company Collection. Styling: Morticia Addams.

 
 
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