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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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Smooth Operators: 1928

Smooth Operators: 1928

"C&P Tel. Co. girls." More Chesapeake and Potomac "telephone girls" from 1928. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Where Lincoln Died: 1921

Where Lincoln Died: 1921

"Edwards boy at house where Lincoln died. 1920 or 1921." The ever enigmatic "Edwards boy" sees the sights in Washington. View full size. National Photo Co.

 

Saks Fur: 1920

Saks Fur: 1920

"Saks Fur Co. 1920 or 1921." Wintertime window display at the Washington, D.C., furrier featuring a taxidermy tie-in with the movie "Isobel, or the Trail's End." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Key Bridge: 1920

Key Bridge: 1920

The Francis Scott Key Bridge over the Potomac under construction circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Whistle Bottling Works." Yet another outpost in the Whistle beverage empire. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Somehow I can envision a musical based on this place. Kind of like "The Pajama Game," but instead of sleepwear, soda pop. And of course whistling.

 

Telco Girls: 1928

Telco Girls: 1928

Washington, 1928. "C&P Tel. Co. girls in class laughing." Employee education at Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone. View full size. Nat'l. Photo glass negative.

 

Whistle Bottling Works: 1925

Whistle Bottling Works: 1925

"Whistle Bottling Works." The Whistle beverage plant in Washington, D.C., in 1925. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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