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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Oyster Alley: 1922

Oyster Alley: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Wearley's front." Exterior of the oyster bar seen in the previous post. This stretch of 12th Street N.W. seems to have been something of a seafood hot spot. At the right we see a sliver of the enormous Raleigh Hotel. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Krusty Krab: 1922

The Krusty Krab: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Wearley's Oyster House, 12th Street." With toothsome fare priced for every purse (Plain Clam Stew 40¢; Milk Clam Stew 45¢). Please Do Not Touch the Turtle. National Photo Company. View full size.

 

Shade Tree Mechanics: 1920

Shade Tree Mechanics: 1920

Prince George's County, Maryland, circa 1920. "Hyattsville Automobile Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Easter Greetings: 1922

Easter Greetings: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "933 G Street N.W." Happy Easter from Pearlman's and Shorpy. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Car Bar: 1925

The Car Bar: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Northeast Auto Exchange, H Street." My favorite kind of National Photo photo, something that might be called unintentional-slice-of-life. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

City Post Office: 1923

City Post Office: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "City Post Office." This building, completed in 1914 next to Union Station, is now home of the National Postal Museum. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Office: 1923

The Office: 1923

Washington, D.C., August 1923. "National Highways Association." An interesting variety of business machinery on display here including a Dictaphone and some Ediphone cylinders. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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