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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 Invisible Ray: 1921

The Invisible Ray: 1921

Washington's Leader Theater circa 1921. Now playing: The serial "Invisible Ray" and, from 1916, Douglas Fairbanks in "The Americano" and a short called "The Return of Draw Egan." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Tog Klim?

Tog Klim?

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "James L. Owens & Sons, window." An elaborate display featuring Klim powdered milk. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Sanitarium: 1928

Sanitarium: 1928

1928. "Washington Sanitarium, Takoma Park. Operating room." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Can you say "lobotomy"?

 

Greek Tragedy: 1920

Greek Tragedy: 1920

"Greek murder." July 1920. Two victims of a bloody altercation involving a hatchet and revolver that left three people dead in a rooming house at 809 Ninth Street in Washington. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

Lord Baltimore No. 6

Lord Baltimore No. 6

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Lord Baltimore Filling Station No. 6, Connecticut Avenue and Ordway Street N.W." View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Happy Motoring: 1942

Happy Motoring: 1942

1942. "Cemetery at edge of Romney, West Virginia." View full size. 35mm Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information.

 

Tak It Ezy: 1920

Tak It Ezy: 1920

A summer camp circa 1920 in the Washington, D.C., area. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress.

 
 
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