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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

Ghost Highway: 1964

Ghost Highway: 1964

January 1964. Just up ahead around the bend this roadway, then part of US 99, the major northern highway access to Los Angeles, is today submerged under Pyramid Lake. Traffic was rerouted to Interstate 5 in 1968 when construction of the dam was begun. My color slide on Montgomery Ward film. View full size.

War and Peace: 1865

War and Peace: 1865

May 1865. "Another artillery unit passing on Pennsylvania Avenue near the Treasury." Wet plate glass negative by Mathew Brady. View full size.

 

Streetscape: 1923

Streetscape: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Victor Building, Ninth Street N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Klim to Go: 1921

Klim to Go: 1921

"James L. Owens & Sons." A sidecar of Klim at the Pan American Union in Washington circa 1921. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Scottish Rite Cathedral: 1920

Scottish Rite Cathedral: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Shrine Temple, Third and E streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Washington Noir: 1926

Washington Noir: 1926

"Pennsylvania Avenue at night." A wintry Washington, D.C., scene circa 1926. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Nine to Five: 1926

Nine to Five: 1926

"Bureau of Identification, Department of Justice." LOC date: "1916 or 1917." Wall calendar: June 1926. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 
 
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