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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

New Jersey Luncheonette

New Jersey Luncheonette

Another New Jersey luncheonette circa 1955-1957. View full size.

Orange Crush: 1926

Orange Crush: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Industrial Exposition. Orange Crush." A literally moldy oldie. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. If you're a fan of these Washington Industrial Expo photos, stay tuned.

 

Watch the Birdie: 1955

Watch the Birdie: 1955

One of my brother's high school classmates. With his Rolleicord, cable release, tripod, light meter and box of Sylvania Superflash flashbulbs, he's obvioulsly the school's go-to guy for photography. The white thing hanging on the tripod is a program for the senior play, "George Washington Slept Here," and he's here in the gym/auditorium to shoot a dress rehearsal. So's my brother, unofficially, with a roll of Ektachrome in his camera. This is a double-exposure, first shot without flash, explaining the phantom images around the bulbs and on the flash unit mount. Doesn't explain why there's a roll of Life Savers in the flash unit, though. Does add a little color interest to it, however. Oh, and I love his clothes, seriously. View full size.

Washington Maytag: 1926

Washington Maytag: 1926

Washington, D.C., 1926. "Maytag Co. display at Industrial Exposition." 8x10 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Arlington Brewing: 1920

Arlington Brewing: 1920

Arlington Brewing Co. circa 1920. An 8x10 glass negative that would leave your fancy-schmancy digtal SLR crying for its mommy. View full size. Nat'l Photo.

 

Tiny Dancers: 1919

Tiny Dancers: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Georgetown" is all the caption says. 8x0 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

The Office: 1917

The Office: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. The National Photo Company office at 815 H Street N.W. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 
 
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