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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 Home of Low Prices: 1920

The Home of Low Prices: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920 or 1921. "People's Drug Store, interior, 804 H Street N.E." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Senta's Sextant: 1942

Senta's Sextant: 1942

September 1942. "Learning how to determine latitude by using a sextant is Senta Osoling, student at Polytechnic High School, Los Angeles. Navigation classes are part of the school's program for training its students for specific contributions to the war effort." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

 

Loose-Limbed: 1919

Loose-Limbed: 1919

Washington, 1919 or 1920. "Brewer, Taylor, Gram dancing at Wilson Normal." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Wired: 1928

Wired: 1928

"Thomas R. Shipp Co. Atwater Kent window. Woodward & Lothrop." Department store window display of Atwater Kent radio equipment circa 1928 in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Fifteenth and F: 1921

Fifteenth and F: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Jordan Piano Co." 15th and F Streets NW at the Treasury building. The LOC date range here is "1920 or 1921." Who can date the Saturday Evening Post cover? National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Minute Service No. 2

Minute Service No. 2

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Minute Service Station, Georgia Avenue N.W." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Going Back: 1942

Going Back: 1942

1942. "Road out of Romney, West Virginia." 35mm color transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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