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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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Derailed: 1922

Derailed: 1922

Washington area, 1922. "Railroad wreck." View full size. National Photo Company Collection. The tilted camera gives a nice arrangement of diagonals.

 

Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

From July 1921, the Krazy Kat club off Thomas Circle in Washington, with Cleon Throckmorton to the right. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Throck and the Kats: 1921

Throck and the Kats: 1921

July 15, 1921. Cleon Throckmorton at the easel on the terrace of the Krazy Kat, an establishment described by the Washington Post two years earlier as "something like a Greenwich Village coffeehouse." Scroll down to the comments for more on "Throck," an engineering graduate who made his name designing sets for Eugene O'Neill's plays, and was the first art director for CBS in the early days of television. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

What Goes Up: 1926

What Goes Up: 1926

Montgomery County, Maryland. The roller coaster at Glen Echo Park in 1926. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Avant-Garden: 1921

Avant-Garden: 1921

July 15, 1921. Our third photo of the treetop table at the Krazy Kat club in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. (Coming Monday: Details on the Krazy Kat and one of the notables who ran it.)

 

Nutrition Division: 1920

Nutrition Division: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Nutrition Division, Bureau of Chemistry, Department of Agriculture." View full size. National Photo Company.

 

Branch Office: 1921

Branch Office: 1921

July 15, 1921. More strange goings-on at the Krazy Kat. Our waiter has a ball and chain dangling from his sleeve. National Photo Company. View full size.

 
 
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