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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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Portraits

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

Silvester, the Cat: 1913

March 3, 1913. "Miss Marjorie Silvester and Buzzer the cat." Favored furry prop in the portrait studio of Arnold Genthe. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 

Angry Bird: 1928

Angry Bird: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Shelley, James, Mrs." Whose hat is about to attack the camera. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Sitting Bricks: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Swartzbaugh, C.E., Mrs." Who'll be the first to write on her wall? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Dramatis Personae: 1920

Dramatis Personae: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Iden, V. Gilmore, Mrs." We sense a charity play in the offing, and vaguely recall having plans every night that month. (Oh, and: Ouch.) 8x10 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

 

Two Birds: 1920s

Two Birds: 1920s

Washington, D.C., 1920s. "Gaynor, John F., Mrs." Who looks like someone you would want to have at your party. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Luxe Life: 1940

Luxe Life: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Cafritz, Morris, Mrs." A leader in both parties and philanthropy, Gwendolyn Cafritz was the Hungarian-born wife of real estate developer Morris Cafritz. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Welcome to Washington: 1913

Welcome to Washington: 1913

        In 1913, the Sioux chief Hollow Horn Bear led a delegation of Indians to the inauguration of President Woodrow Wilson. He caught pneumonia during the visit and died.

Washington, D.C., ca. 1913. "Hollow Horn Bear." Whose visage graced five-dollar bills and 14-cent postage stamps, and whose companion's figure has been whittled down by Harris & Ewing's retouchers. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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