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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

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Opening Game: 1923

Opening Game: 1923

April 26, 1923. "Opening game." Washington's first game of the season at Griffith Stadium, where President Harding tossed out the ball and the Nats bested Philadelphia 2-1. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Table-Hopping: 1923

Table-Hopping: 1923

April 24, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Canadian horseman Jack Prestage on his thoroughbred Tipperary." National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Street View: 1920

Street View: 1920

1920. "Barrett Co., Alexandria, Virginia." Thrilling sequel (prequel?) to this photo relating to the activities of the Barrett paving operation. View full size.

 

Truck Traffic: 1920

Truck Traffic: 1920

1920. "Barrett Co., Alexandria, Virginia." From a series of photos commissioned by the paving company. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

To Good Hope Hills: 1924

To Good Hope Hills: 1924

        UPDATE: The mystery has been solved!

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "No caption." Paging any of the boys in this photo: Explain yourselves! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Easter Greetings: 1924

Easter Greetings: 1924

Washington, D.C. "Mrs. Boby's group, 1924." Happy Easter from Shorpy and his peeps! National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lust Babies: 1920

Lust Babies: 1920

Washington, D.C., 1920. "Lust baby show." Which is probably not what it sounds like -- a baby contest at Poli's theater organized by cinema impresario Sidney Lust would be our guess. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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