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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

A Tall Order: 1937

A Tall Order: 1937

Washington, D.C., circa 1937. "Elder Michaux's Happy News Cafe." Inside the restaurant run by enterprising radio evangelist Solomon Lightfoot Michaux. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Zines: 1940

Zines: 1940

March 1940. Washington, D.C. "National Press Club Building newssstand." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Postal Flyers: 1923

Postal Flyers: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Post Office clerks, calisthenics." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tidalists: 1922

Tidalists: 1922

August 15, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Florence Skadding and Mark Coles." At the Tidal Basin bathing pavilion. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

My Hands Are Tied: 1922

My Hands Are Tied: 1922

Washington, D.C. "Gus Jordan, August 7, 1922." Yikes! What will happen next? National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Something for Everyone: 1924

Something for Everyone: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Ford Motor Co. -- Fred Haas, Rhode Island Avenue N.E." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Eastern High: 1935

Eastern High: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Eastern High School." National Photo Company Collection acetate negative. View full size.

 
 
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