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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

Sugar and Spice: 1915

Sugar and Spice: 1915

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Miss Elizabeth Clem, daughter of Maj. Gen. John L. Clem, famed in Grand Army circles as the 'Drummer Boy of Chickamauga'." Elizabeth's 64-year-old father was said to be the last Civil War veteran still serving in the military. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Forever Young: 1915

Forever Young: 1915

BOY KILLED BY AUTO

Washington Post, March 8, 1916

        Seven-year-old David Purches, of 1718 Corcoran street northwest, son of the superintendent of the Senate office building, was killed yesterday morning by an automobile near Seventeenth and Church streets northwest. Charles Booker, colored, of 1615 Corcoran street northwest, who operated the automobile, is being detained at No. 3 precinct pending an inquest by Coroner Nevitt. Purches left his home to go to a shoe repairing shop. He was crossing the street when, Booker says, he appeared from behind a dirt cart and got in front of the moving auto. Booker picked the boy up and took him to Emergency Hospital.

Washington, D.C., circa 1915. "Purches, David E." A yar youngster and his mate at the Harris & Ewing portrait studio, not long before his life seems to have been cut tragically short in a traffic accident. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

The Pointer Sisters: 1910

Circa 1910. "Ford, J., Mrs., group." An outlier among Harris & Ewing's generally sedate-and-sober studio portraits. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Come Play With Us: 1920

Come Play With Us: 1920

Dec. 27, 1920. New York. "The Hilger Sisters -- Mary (Maria), Elsa, Margaret (Greta)." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

The Class of '94

The Class of '94

Annapolis, Md., 1892. "Class of '94, U.S. Naval Academy." Wishing the Class of 2014 a Happy Graduation! 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart. View full size.

 

Barefoot Boy: 1902

Barefoot Boy: 1902

New Zealand circa 1902. "Unidentified family group outdoors, probably Christchurch district." Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Doppelginger: 1952

Doppelginger: 1952

July 1952. "Photographs show models posed leaning shoulders against mirrors, resulting in reflected images. Includes women wearing furs and jewels; various hairstyles." Color transparency by Louis Faurer for the Look magazine assignment "Reflected Beauty: Hair Now Gets Double Exposure." View full size.

 
 
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