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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • RAY GUN WATER PISTOL, 1953

Trunk Show: 1943

Trunk Show: 1943

July 1943. Montgomery County, Maryland. "Bathers on the side of the pool at the Glen Echo amusement park." Where the boys are. Medium format acetate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

CCC & StL: 1938

CCC & StL: 1938

Washington, D.C. "U.S. News. Freight car, side view, 3/7/38." Property of the Cleveland, Cincinnati, Chicago and St. Louis Railway. View full size.

 

Frozen Federal: 1934

Frozen Federal: 1934

1934. "Aerial view, Federal Triangle in snow, Washington, D.C." Anchored by the 1.8 million square foot Department of Commerce on Constitution Avenue, the largest office building in the world when it was completed in 1932. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Franklin Gothic: 1919

Franklin Gothic: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Franklin Brougham." A car with an air-cooled engine and unusual veed windshield. Latest entry in the Shorpy Catalog of Quirky Conveyances. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Best in Show: 1922

Best in Show: 1922

"Washington Tidal Basin Bathing Beach Beauty Contest -- August 5, 1922." First-prize winner Eva Fridell, who is either 17 or 111 years old, depending on your frame of reference. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tropic Café: 1901

Tropic Café: 1901

Circa 1901. "Hillside residences, St. Thomas, West Indies." To your left, the promise of REFRESHMENTS. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Planters House: 1901

Planters House: 1901

St. Louis circa 1901. "Planters Hotel, Fourth and Chestnut." Completed 1893; demolished 1976. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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