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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 • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Thrillsville: 1928

Thrillsville: 1928

The "Aeroplane" ride at Glen Echo amusement park in Montgomery County, Maryland, circa 1928. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Vertigo: 1928

Vertigo: 1928

The Coaster Dips rollercoaster at Glen Echo amusement park circa 1928. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Joy Ride: 1924

Joy Ride: 1924

Found among family pictures, my father's good friends with their "new" vehicle circa 1924. Love the facial expressions. View full size.

Alex Chilton: 1911

Alex Chilton: 1911

1911. "Lt. Alexander W. Chilton, 15th Cavalry." In or around Washington. National Photo Company glass negative. Library of Congress. View full size.

 

King Street: 1921

King Street: 1921

King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. 1921 or 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Who can pinpoint the intersection?

 

The Funnies: 1922

The Funnies: 1922

"John M. Bear Jr., 11/26/22." Twenty-one little kids. All wearing hats decorated with characters from the funny papers. At Johnny's 11th birthday party. And they're mortified, every last one. (Thought you'd all slip under the radar, did you? That this embarrassing little artifact would just go on collecting dust at the bottom of a box somewhere? Well. Guess what. Not only did they invent radar, they invented computers and scanners and the Internet. Bwahaha. View full size!)

 

Dirty Laundry: 1924

Dirty Laundry: 1924

"Old Colony Laundry. Ford Motor Co." Washington, D.C., in 1924, when the streets were a honking sooty gridlock of trucks delivering diapers, blackberry pie and Whistle. Note the integrated, state-of-the-art turn signal attached to the cab. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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