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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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Army of the James: 1865

Army of the James: 1865

April 1865. "James River, Virginia. View of the completed Dutch Gap canal." From photos of the main Eastern theater of war, the Army of the James, June 1864- April 1865. Wet-plate glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Dutch Gap: 1864

Dutch Gap: 1864

November 1864. "Dutch Gap, Virginia. Picket station of Colored troops, deserted farmhouse near Dutch Gap canal." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Friends School Football: 1906

Friends School Football: 1906

1906. "Friends School football." Junior varsity team at the Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

White Coal: 1922

White Coal: 1922

December 7, 1922. The L.E. White Coal Co. yards at South Capitol and I streets in Washington. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Spite House: 1924

Spite House: 1924

Circa 1924. "Ford Coupe at 'little house' in Alexandria, Virginia." National Photo owner Herbert E. French examining that city's Little House (a.k.a. "Spite House") on Queen Street, a narrow dwelling with a long history. View full size.

 

On the Table: 1921

On the Table: 1921

Circa 1921, the mysterious Miss Orloff again. For this second of three portraits in the Bain archive, she's thrown on some actual clothes. If not dressed to the nines, she's at least up to the twos. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Home of Low Prices: 1922

Home of Low Prices: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "People's Drug Store No. 12, North Capitol and H." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative, 8 x 10 inches. View full size.

 
 
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