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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Billy Sunday Tabernacle: 1918

Billy Sunday Tabernacle: 1918

January 1918. Washington, D.C. "Billy Sunday tabernacle." A temporary meeting hall built near Union Station for a three-month series of revival meetings held by the famous evangelist. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Do Not Disturb: 1917

Do Not Disturb: 1917

Circa 1917. "Gunston Hall group." Somnambulists from the Washington, D.C., girls' school. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Occoquan: 1911

Occoquan: 1911

Fairfax County, Virginia, circa 1911. "Occoquan Work House, sleeping area." Part of the jail operated by the District of Columbia Department of Corrections, shown shortly after its construction. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Union Shop: 1922

Union Shop: 1922

January 1922. Washington, D.C. "Machinists' Association, printers." Another peek behind the scenes at the International Association of Machinists. View full size.

 

Sooty Cincy: 1905

Sooty Cincy: 1905

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1905. "Government Square." Convenient one-stop shopping for all your flyscreen and stained-glass needs. View full size.

 

Podmates: 1921

Podmates: 1921

December 1921. Washington, D.C. "Machinists Association." One of a six-photo set. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gadgeteers: 1922

Gadgeteers: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. The second of two photos with the caption "William Armstrong Perry." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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