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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

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When Cherry Met Chilly: 1922

When Cherry Met Chilly: 1922

        A post for the first day of spring, and the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Commence sketching and shooting!

April 7, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Photographers shooting cherry blossoms at Tidal Basin." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Jaunty Joe: 1923

Jaunty Joe: 1923

Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1923. "Joe Roberts." Out standing in his field. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Over the Edge: 1923

Over the Edge: 1923

       Mrs. Dorothy Holland, 20 years old, of Baltimore, lies in Georgetown University Hospital suffering from internal hemorrhages as a result of an automobile in which she was riding going over a 30-foot embankment near the Virginia end of the Chain bridge at 6 o'clock yesterday morning. ... According to the police, the accident was the result of an all-night party that began at 1 o'clock yesterday morning ...

"Auto wreck -- July 30, 1923." Last seen here six years ago in this post. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Auto Wreck: 1923

Auto Wreck: 1923

        A larger, more detailed version of a photo we first posted six years ago, with the details supplied by Shorpy member Stanton Square, accompanied by a "new" image here.

Washington, D.C. A curious photograph titled "Auto wreck. 7/30/23." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Our Little Secret: 1924

Our Little Secret: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Two young girls with dolls." We promise not to breathe a word. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Flatcar: 1923

Flatcar: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Asst. P.M.G. Bartlett's car." Assistant Postmaster General John Bartlett survived; his car, also seen here, did not. View full size.

 

Picket Fences: 1920

Picket Fences: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Times, 2104 16th Street S.E." Home of the 20-step program. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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