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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Modern Dance: 1920

Modern Dance: 1920

The Denishawn Dancers circa 1920. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

Build-a-Buick: 1924

Build-a-Buick: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Proof of Buick standardization of units: Assembly of complete operating chassis from parts stock carried by Buick Motor Co. local branch." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Gasoline Alley: 1912

Gasoline Alley: 1912

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1912. "Automobile." One of three photos of a curiously tiny motorcar. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Co.

 

Army Camp: 1917

Army Camp: 1917

June 21, 1917. Monmouth Park, New Jersey. "Signal Corps men dancing." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Naked Buick: 1924

Naked Buick: 1924

Washington, 1924. "Buick Motor Co." A demonstration of "Buick standard- ization." (More here.) National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Follies of the Day: 1925

Follies of the Day: 1925

From 1925, another Ford at work (for a billboard company that advertises Fords) on the streets of greater Washington. View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Song Catcher: 1916

Song Catcher: 1916

February 9, 1916. "Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet making phonographic record at Smithsonian." The interviewer is ethnologist Frances Densmore. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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