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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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One, Please: 1928

One, Please: 1928

A street vendor and his radio-equipped cart circa 1928 in Washington, D.C. View full size. 4x5 glass negative from the National Photo Company Collection.

 

Farrar and June Burn: 1929

Farrar and June Burn: 1929

April 3, 1929. "Main Street a la Cart." The Burn Ballad Bungalow on G Street in Washington, D.C. (I just know there's someone out there who can rescue these people from obscurity, regardless of how much they may have deserved it. Who were they?) 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection. View full size. [Thanks to Shorpy reader Janet we have the answer: These are the wandering writers June and Farrar Burn and their sons North and South.]

 

Thanksgiving Turkey: 1919

Thanksgiving Turkey: 1919

A child holding the Thanksgiving turkey. From the National Photo Company collection, 1919. View full size.

 

Thanksgiving Bird: 1919

Thanksgiving Bird: 1919

A young girl stands with her Thanksgiving dinner. From the National Photo Company collection, 1919. View full size.

 

Turkey Run: 1929

Turkey Run: 1929

A thanksgiving turkey is delivered to Washington, D.C., for President Herbert Hoover on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 1929. From the National Photo Company collection. View full size.

 

Bureau of Standards: 1925

Bureau of Standards: 1925

February 19, 1925. "M.S. Strock measuring radio lengths at the Bureau of Standards." View full size. 4x5 glass negative, National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Cal and Car: 1924

Cal and Car: 1924

August 14, 1924. President Calvin Coolidge and his radio-equipped Buick automobile in Washington. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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