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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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Free Air: 1920

Free Air: 1920

"North Capitol Tire Shop, 1919 or 1920." Approaching the camera: A two-horsepower biofuel vehicle. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Nipper at Bat: 1920

Nipper at Bat: 1920

"Ansell, Bishop & Turner window display. 1920." A Victrola dealer in Washington, D.C., puts Nipper in the game. View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.

 

Gentlemen Will Not Get Gay: 1925

Gentlemen Will Not Get Gay: 1925

Funhouse at the Glen Echo amusement park in Maryland circa 1925. Note the many cryptic signs. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

The Whip: 1928

The Whip: 1928

"Glen Echo, 1928." Riding the Whip at Glen Echo amusement park in Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Skooter: 1928

Skooter: 1928

Bumper cars at the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Wait Until It Stops: 1925

Wait Until It Stops: 1925

"Glen Echo Park Co., 1925." Dentzel Carousel at the Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Thrillsville: 1928

Thrillsville: 1928

The "Aeroplane" ride at Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 
 
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