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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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Human Hair Goods: 1905

Human Hair Goods: 1905

Circa 1905. "Euclid Avenue, Cleveland." Our title is a callout to Mme. K. Peal, dealer in HUMAN HAIR GOODS: POMPADOURS, SWITCHES, WIGS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Stop-Stop & Go-Go: 1919

Stop-Stop & Go-Go: 1919

Circa 1919. "Traffic officer at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue." Before stoplights in the District of Columbia, there was the "Go-Go" traffic sign equipped with umbrella and rearview mirror. The Willard Hotel and U.S. Treasury play supporting roles in this Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Almost There: 1936

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Almost There: 1936

April 3, 1936. "Stairway leading to lookout on fifth floor -- Kenworthy Hall, State Highway 14 (Greensboro Road), Marion, Alabama." Photo by Alex Bush for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

Caught in Passing: 1941

Caught in Passing: 1941

April 1941. "Street scene, Chicago 'Black Belt'." 35mm nitrate negative by Edwin Rosskam for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Memorial Lamppost: 1909

Memorial Lamppost: 1909

Circa 1909. "Henry Hudson Monument, Riverside Drive, New York." Memorial to the ill-fated discoverer of the Hudson River, Hudson Bay and electric streetlight. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Opening Game: 1923

Opening Game: 1923

April 26, 1923. "Opening game." Washington's first game of the season at Griffith Stadium, where President Harding tossed out the ball and the Nats bested Philadelphia 2-1. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Table-Hopping: 1923

Table-Hopping: 1923

April 24, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Canadian horseman Jack Prestage on his thoroughbred Tipperary." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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