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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 • PAN AMERICAN TO GUATEMALA, 1938

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Fender Bendee: 1921

Fender Bendee: 1921

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Potomac Sales Co., wreck." Just up the alley from P. McKeown, Horse Shoer. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Little Pete: 1921

Little Pete: 1921

    Pete Seeger, Champion of Folk Music and Social Change, Dies at 94

May 23, 1921. Washington, D.C. "Professor Charles Louis Seeger and family." Charles Seeger, wife Constance Edson Seeger and their 2-year-old son Pete, of future folkie fame. National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

I'm Baaaaad: 1920

I'm Baaaaad: 1920

Sept. 3, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Wap-See-Ho-Hong." We leave it to our resourceful commenters to fill in the blanks. National Photo Co. View full size.

 

The Flying Merkel: 1915

The Flying Merkel: 1915

Circa 1915, location unknown. "Mailman & motorcycle." And not just any motorbike but a "Flying Merkel," with what looks like an acetylene-gas headlamp. Oh, and Spitting Prohibited by Law, "Except Into Cuspidors." View full size.

 

The Lettermen: 1915

The Lettermen: 1915

Circa 1915. "Mailman and truck," location unknown. Collection times 6:15 a.m. to noon. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

A Little Philately: 1920

A Little Philately: 1920

Nov. 30, 1920. Washington, D.C. "Charles M. Schwab, of the Kalorama Apartments, probably has the largest collection of stamps in the East. This is a pile of approximately two million." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Farm Fresh: 1917

Farm Fresh: 1917

1917. "City Market. Washington, D.C." Our third glimpse of this produce market. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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