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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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Dance Fever: 1923

Dance Fever: 1923

1923. Washington, D.C. "Marathon dancers." One contestant seen earlier here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Armory: 1906

The Armory: 1906

Circa 1906. "State National Guard Armory, Worcester, Mass." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Castles in the Air: 1933

Castles in the Air: 1933

"1932 or 1933. No caption -- dancers in ballroom." The Shorpy Research Department has determined this to be the Washington Arts Club's annual Bal Boheme, specifically the "Castles in the Air" costume ball held Feb. 6, 1933, at the Willard Hotel. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Flotilla: 1961

Flotilla: 1961

April 1961. "Sunbathing with the latest swimming pool equipment, including a lounge chair with floating beverage holders and game table attachments." From photos by Bob Sandberg for the Look magazine assignment "For Women Only -- Pool Life." Tell your kids about how back in the day people couldn't play cards or smoke in the pool, and all you're likely to get is a blank stare. View full size.

 

Some Assembly Required: 1942

Some Assembly Required: 1942

August 1942. "Vultee Aircraft Co., Nashville. Using an electric drill on a fuselage in a sub-assembly section." Another boy putting an airplane together during WW2. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Thomas Circle: 1906

Thomas Circle: 1906

        Named for George Henry Thomas, Civil War general and, from his perch on the plinth, observer of countless traffic-circle fender-benders.

Thomas Circle and Luther Place Memorial Church in Washington, D.C., circa 1906. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Danny the Driller: 1942

Danny the Driller: 1942

August 1942. "Nashville, Tennessee. Vultee Aircraft Company. Drilling holes for rivets in a fuselage on a sub-assembly line." In other words, doing prep work for Rosie. Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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