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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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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.

 

Spheres of Influence: 1928

Spheres of Influence: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Library for Blind, B Street S.E." Another of those photos where the points of greatest interest are at the periphery -- the Sanitary Barber ("Ladies Hair Bobbing a Specialty") at left, and Hall-Kerr Motors, a Hudson dealer, on the right. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Exploded View: 1920s

Exploded View: 1920s

Washington, D.C., circa 1920s. "Wrecked house" is all it says on this undated (and moldy) 8x6 glass negative. Are there enough clues to fill in the blanks of this bricks-and-mortar mystery? National Photo Company. View full size.

 

The Three Basketeers: 1924

The Three Basketeers: 1924

August 8, 1924. "Stewart Shortt, John Ayers, Eliott Smith at White House." Who seem to be bicycling to Atlantic City in August. Might want to loosen those bowties, boys. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Street View Car: 1923

Street View Car: 1923

        This early prototype "Go-Ogle Auto-Rig" was operated by a driver and a lensman who fed motion picture film into the 360-degree camera at the rate of 90 feet per minute. After being conveyed through the mobile developing tank, footage was viewed using a stereopticon indexed to a telephone directory.

March 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Test car, Bureau of Standards." See above for details. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Up a Tree: 1921

Up a Tree: 1921

January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Assn. bird house contest." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nash on Nails: 1922

Nash on Nails: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "Lee Tire Co. test." The tire to get if you plan on driving over dozens of nails simultaneously. National Photo Co. View full size.

 
 
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