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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Addressograph: 1923

Addressograph: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Addressograph, 11th Street." I had written this off as too moldy to post, then saw the horse parked among the cars and baby parked in front of the fur store (is one baby-sitting the other?) and decided they deserved their 15 minutes of fame. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

The Alley: 1920

The Alley: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Smallwood, 1726 P Street." A variety of window treatments here. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Get Happy: 1925

Get Happy: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. Horace "Happy" Walker, leader of the band seen in the previous post. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Society Orchestra: 1923

Society Orchestra: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Happy Walker's Madrillion Society Orchestra." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Multigraphers: 1923

The Multigraphers: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Multigraph, Eastern High School." Reproduction 101. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Handle With Care: 1923

Handle With Care: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "City Post Office." Now the National Postal Museum. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

T Room: 1923

T Room: 1923

1923. "R.L. Taylor Motor Co." The service garage of this Washington, D.C., Ford dealer, seen earlier here. Here we are 20 years into the Motor Age yet this still has the look of your local Conestoga wagon repair shop. View full size.

 
 
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