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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.

 
 
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Bumper to Bumper: 1920

Bumper to Bumper: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Lanza Motors Co. -- Greenwich Village Girls -- Metz Master Six." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Heading South: 1929

Heading South: 1929

September 18, 1929. "Mr. & Mrs. Lindbergh." Aviator Charles Lindbergh and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, four months after they married, at Bolling Field en route to South America. Charles, the pioneering aviator, was probably the most famous person in America at the time; Anne would become an accomplished aviator in her own right, as well as one of the best-selling writers of the 20th century. Some three years after this picture was taken, the tragedy of their child's murder helped define the modern phenomenon of mass-media super-celebrity. From Anne's February 2001 obituary in the New York Times: "Nothing, not even Lindbergh's 1927 landing in Paris, had prepared them for the carnival of reporters, photographers, con artists, curiosity-seekers, vandals and crazy people who invaded their lives after their baby was kidnapped. Americans would not experience a similar flood of publicity until the O. J. Simpson murder trial of the 1990s." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Reese's Pieces: 1924

Reese's Pieces: 1924

April 1924. Washington, D.C. "Miss Reese." No first name given, but Miss Reese seems to be a minimalist. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Hasell Street: 1902

Hasell Street: 1902

Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1902. "Residences on Hasell Street." WHJ's Street View cam, a few yards upstream from this earlier view. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1902

Pennsylvania Avenue: 1902

"Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, 1902." Landmarks in this view from the Treasury steps at 15th Street include the Capitol and Old Post Office. On the bill at Chase's Polite Vaudeville: Capt. Woodward's trained seals. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Magic Kingdom: 1902

Magic Kingdom: 1902

"Tampa Bay Hotel, Florida, 1902." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Here, a Deer: 1938

Here, a Deer: 1938

January 20, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Sen. [illegible], Theodore Vachon, Rufus Putney, Sen. H. Styles Bridges of New Hampshire. Senator Bridges presented with deer." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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