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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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Future President: 1919

Future President: 1919

        Considered a long shot to win the nomination, Warren Harding was elected in a landslide. After 29 months in the White House, he died of a heart attack.

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Senator Warren G. Harding, Republican of Ohio." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Instant Message: 1923

Instant Message: 1923

June 16, 1923. "Semaphore signals -- Boy Scouts at Lincoln Memorial." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

EVENTS
1. COMPASS
2. SEMAPHORE SIGNAL
3. FIRST AID
4. INT'N'L MORSE SIGNAL
5. FIRE BY DRILL
6. TENT PITCHING
    and (saving the best for last)
7. FIRE BEDS & WATER BOILING
 

Hudzik & Hornbrook: 1924

Hudzik & Hornbrook: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "F.R. Hudzik & H.W. Hornbrook." And that's all they wrote. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cinco de Mayo: 1925

Cinco de Mayo: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Semmes Motor Co. -- Hellmann's truck." Back when mayonnaise delivery was a thing. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The Capitol: 1921

The Capitol: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "U.S. Capitol, West Front." Senate chamber on the left; House of Representatives on the right. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Hop In: 1955

Hop In: 1955

From circa 1955 Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned snap of two youngsters interacting with an authority figure driving a Buick. Where to, kids? 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

The Moppet Show: 1925

The Moppet Show: 1925

June 1925. Washington, D.C. "Takoma News." We need two more girls for the kiddie conga line. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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