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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

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Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921

Ferrous & Fireproof: 1921

        Evidently a haunt of John Quincy Adams in the 1820s, "the old house" on F Street was transformed into an office building in 1885 by innkeeper Caleb Willard, who employed the latest fireproofing ideas while managing to preserve "the old wall in the room where Mr. Adams used to sit in his chair and gaze upon the Capitol."

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Adams Iron Building, F Street." Its ferrous nature echoed in the Sidewalk of Many Manholes. 8x6 glass negative. View full size.

 

Apres Deluge: 1923

Apres Deluge: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Flood, April 30, 1923." The same as this image but without the horses. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

EH in Love: 1923

EH in Love: 1923

Washington, D.C. "Flood, April 30, 1923." Also some 91-year-old graffiti: "EH L TD." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Essex Motor Cars: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Herald, 1210 18th Street N.W." The business next door, its products having motored off into oblivion, is now a Pei Wei. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pole Position: 1923

Pole Position: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "A.W. Leonard." National Photo Company lensman "Artie" Leonard chasing a shot. View full size.

 

Standard Upholstery: 1926

Standard Upholstery: 1926

Washington, D.C. "Industrial exposition, 1926. Standard Upholstery Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Washington Wizard: 1925

Washington Wizard: 1925

August 8, 1925. "Dr. H.W. Evans, Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, K.K.K. parade, Washington." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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