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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.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Railroads

En Route: 1921

En Route: 1921

"Union Station concourse, 1921." View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Ghostland: 1920

Ghostland: 1920

Workers on the tracks at Union Station in Washington on a winter day circa 1920. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Dome Gas: 1921

Dome Gas: 1921

"Dome Oil Co., Takoma Park." In Maryland in 1921, a gritty diorama of the Petroleum Age. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative.

 

Union Station: 1921

Union Station: 1921

Washington, D.C. "Union Station concourse. 1921 or 1922." I count at least six people in this time exposure. View full size. National Photo glass negative.

 

Leviathan: 1926

Leviathan: 1926

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1926. "Southern R.R. Co. Crescent Locomotive 1396." View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Semaphore: 1920

Semaphore: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920s. "Union Station signals and tracks." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Bridge Out: 1864

Bridge Out: 1864

May 25, 1864. "North Anna River, Virginia. Destroyed bridge of the Richmond & Fredericksburg Railroad." Wet plate glass negative, left half of stereo pair, by Timothy H. O'Sullivan. Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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