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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

God Bless America: 1942

God Bless America: 1942

August 1942. "Window of a Jewish religious shop on Broome Street." We'll take a calendar and two cans of Magic, please. Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Miss Dead Letter: 1916

Miss Dead Letter: 1916

1916. Washington, D.C. "Miss Clara R.A. Nelson, Dead Letter Office." Another peek behind the scenes at the P.O. Remember, folks: If you must send cash in the mail, include a valid return address, otherwise Clara here ends up with a stack of orphaned $2 bills. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Old Post Office: 1907

The Old Post Office: 1907

February 1907. Washington, D.C. "Post Office." This space is now a food court in the Old Post Office Pavilion on Pennsylvania Avenue. In just a few years the P.O. would decamp for a bigger facility near Union Station. View full size.

 

Mail Equipment Shops: 1915

Mail Equipment Shops: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Post Office Department." The Mail Equipment Shops last glimpsed here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Chinatown: 1900

Chinatown: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Chinatown -- Mott Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Mack's Girls: 1919

Mack's Girls: 1919

Washington, D.C., 1919. "Mack Sennett girls." Producer Mack Sennett's comedy reels featured a bevy of "bathing beauties," among them Marvel Rea, seen here in the harlequin costume. More on these ladies here. | View full size.

 

Vegetable Kingdom: 1924

Vegetable Kingdom: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Thos. R. Shipp Co. -- A.A. Anselmo stand, Center Market." Delectable produce from all points of the compass, fetchingly arrayed. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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