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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 TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Well Connected: 1920

Well Connected: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Daniels and Navy telephone exchange." Josephus Daniels, Secretary of the Navy. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Black Knight: 1920

Black Knight: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Black Motor Car Co., 14th Street N.W." We see you there. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Nursery: 1928

The Nursery: 1928

Takoma Park, Maryland, circa 1928. "Washington Sanitarium nursery." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dear Shorpy: 1922

Dear Shorpy: 1922

New York. April 27, 1922. "Vreeland." The lyric soprano Jeannette Vreeland, whose accomplishments include what is said to be the first concert given from an airplane -- a radio broadcast from a Fokker over New York on April 14, 1922, in support of tubercular veterans. Bain News Service glass negative. View full size.

 

Washington, D.C.: 1904

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Washington, D.C.: 1904

Washington, D.C., circa 1904. "North from the Smithsonian Institution." Landmarks include the Willard Hotel at left and Old Post Office tower. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Florida Souvenirs: 1906

Florida Souvenirs: 1906

Daytona Beach, Florida, circa 1906. "Beach Street, with souvenir shops." Glimpsed earlier here. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 

Queen of Hearts: 1919

Queen of Hearts: 1919

September 12, 1919. New York. "Tyroler, Prilik, Ponselle, Romani." Metropolitan Opera soprano Rosa Ponselle with William Tyroler, Edith Prilik and Romano Romani. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 
 
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