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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

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Deathtrap: 1917

Deathtrap: 1917

        One hundred years ago today ...

October 1917. Washington, D.C. "Knickerbocker Theatre." Harry Crandall's new Knickerbocker cinema at Columbia Road and 18th Street N.W. opened on October 13, 1917, with the historical drama "Betsy Ross," and an appearance by its star, Alice Brady. Less than five years later, 98 moviegoers were killed here when the roof caved in under an accumulation of snow during a blizzard. View full size.

 

Mr. Money: 1920

Mr. Money: 1920

Vienna, Virginia, circa 1920. "H.A. Money." The undertaker Howard A. Money (1859-1931). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Two Kazoos: 1920

Two Kazoos: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Characters" is all they wrote on the label of this National Photo glass negative. Library of Congress annotation: "Photograph shows two African American men sitting on bales of hay and playing instruments outside a barn or stable. One man plays guitar and the other plays a bowed instrument similar to a cello; both men simultaneously play kazoos." View full size.

 

The Children: 1925

The Children: 1925

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1925. "Children" is all it says here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ready for Their Close-Up: 1925

Ready for Their Close-Up: 1925

January 7, 1925. Washington, D.C. "Scientists of Naval Observatory with special camera to photograph eclipse of sun." 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Executive Eclipse: 1925

Executive Eclipse: 1925

January 24, 1925. "President & Mrs. Coolidge viewing eclipse of sun at White House." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Rolling Cold: 1928

Rolling Cold: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Fussell-Young Ice Cream Co. trucks." Harking back to the days when ice cream was local. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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