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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 • WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

Sun and Fun: 1923

Sun and Fun: 1923

Miami circa 1923. "Mrs. F.H. Lockwood and Miss Joy Welford of Asheville, Mrs. G.M. Blaker." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Postal Palace: 1905

Postal Palace: 1905

Washington, D.C., circa 1905. "P.O. Dept." The Old Post Office on Pennsylvania Avenue. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Superior Street: 1909

Superior Street: 1909

Duluth, Minnesota, circa 1909. "Superior Street." The newsboy's headline: JAP RIOT CRISIS. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Corner Store: 1923

The Corner Store: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Seventh and Kennedy." Note the bakery-delivery bread boxes. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Iron Horse: 1923

Iron Horse: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Bethlehem Steel -- Washington Terminal Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

T Bones: 1926

T Bones: 1926

Circa 1926. Continuing our back-alley tour of Washington, D.C. "Ford Motor Co." An urban junkyard. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

TTerrace Terraces: 1979

TTerrace Terraces: 1979

Actually, my father's terraces, and there he is at the upper right, at age 77 still taking care of this whole place. Pretty much everything you see here exclusive of the house is his doing. The basic grading had been done by the time my folks bought the place in 1941, but over the years he put in all the pathways, stairs, trees, bushes and other plantings, here as well as the other half of the property. This just most of the back yard, site of the orchard and vegetable gardens. He's preparing one of the three tiers of the latter for planting. I think those are strawberries already sprouting. Later there'd be beans, corn, tomatoes, zucchini and squash. The fruit trees include apples, peaches, plums, prunes, apricots, figs and cherries. The one in the center casting a shadow on the bank of pink-blossoming oxalis is an avocado that grew for decades before finally producing some finger-sized fruit. A row of blackberries follows the stairway, which is lined by amaryllis. When, at the age of 11, I incorporated the yard as the City of Penton, I named those pathways, left to right: Plum Blvd., Compost Rd. (because the compost heaps used to be there) and Garage Ave. (because that's where the stairs went). The square thing above the avocado tree is the platform of my observatory. This Kodachrome slide was at the end of the roll, hence the phantom image of a batch tag or something at the right edge. View full size.

 
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