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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Union Station: 1921

Union Station: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Union Station concourse. 1921 or 1922." I count at least six people in this time exposure. View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Leviathan: 1926

Leviathan: 1926

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1926. "Southern R.R. Co. Crescent Locomotive 1396." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Semaphore: 1920

Semaphore: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920s. "Union Station signals and tracks." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Petroleum Panorama: 1922

Petroleum Panorama: 1922

"Service station, First Street and Maryland Avenue." Spectacularly detailed view of the Capital Gasoline Station in Washington, D.C., in 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View even larger.

 

Office Girls: 1925

Office Girls: 1925

Washington, D.C. "American Nature Association. Between 1910 and 1926." It's probably safe to say this is 1925. September 14, to be specific. A Monday (boo). View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Wired: 1925

Wired: 1925

Electrical circuits and motors at Howard University in Washington, D.C., circa 1925. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

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.

 
 
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