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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

Kindergarten Couture: 1952

Kindergarten Couture: 1952

Baby boomers, first wave, all born 1946, showing how we were dressed for kindergarten. Notice how we don't look like gang members, convicts or concentration camp inmates. Of course, for class photo day, most of us had probably gotten decked out a bit better than normally, but still. By the following year a new school had opened up in Corte Madera and our class size shrank dramatically. That's me at the bottom right. View full size.

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

Piggly Wiggly: 1924

1924. Piggly Wiggly trucks in Washington, D.C., at the Christo Cola Bottling Co. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Potatoes, Corn, Apples: 1917

Potatoes, Corn, Apples: 1917

Our second look at this Washington, D.C., produce market in 1917. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Ice Cream Every Day: 1920

Ice Cream Every Day: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "J.C.L. Ritter. Carry Ice Cream truck." A brand-new Walker Electric. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative.

 

Mark of Zorro: 1921

Mark of Zorro: 1921

1921. Sidney Lust's Leader Theater in Washington, D.C. Now playing: Douglas Fairbanks in "The Mark of Zorro." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

City Market: 1917

City Market: 1917

"Market in Washington, D.C. World War I period." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 

Worm Drive: 1919

Worm Drive: 1919

"K & W Tire Co., Rainier truck." 1919. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. "Under the name of the K-W. Tire Company, William A. Ward and W. Killeen have opened a distributing agency in Washington for Pennsylvania vacuum cup tires and ton-tested tubes at 924 14th Street N.W."

 
 
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