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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Portraits

Parlor Portrait: 1914

Parlor Portrait: 1914

San Francisco, 1914. My mother's family and their chandelier posed for a portrait shot on a 5x7 glass plate in their home at 1834 15th St. On the floor, my mother and her twin brother Albert. Seated, John and Marie. Standing to either side, Francis and Mary. View full size.

Mary Hoover: 1925

Mary Hoover: 1925

Washington, D.C., 1925. "Miss Mary B. Hoover." No further clues as to the significance of this person. [This just in: Miss Hoover is "an authority on the proper fitting of Children's shoes."] View full size. National Photo Company.

 

The Music Man: 1925

The Music Man: 1925

"Harlan Randall, 1925." At various times Harlan was a baritone with the Washington Opera and head of the music department at the University of Maryland. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.

 

Band of Brothers: 1924

Band of Brothers: 1924

1924. "Children of Mrs. Milan Getling" (actually Getting). National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Law and Order: 1943

Law and Order: 1943

New York, May 1943. "Policeman no. 19687. William Alexander Frazier, born 1916 in Harlem." Medium format nitrate negative by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Foxy Lady: 1915

Foxy Lady: 1915

December 12, 1915. "Mrs. Raymond Belmont." In a court case that dragged on for years, Mrs. Belmont, the former chorus girl Ethel Loraine, sued her husband, of the banking and equestrian dynasty, for desertion when he abandoned her eight days after their wedding. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Ocey Snead: Exhibit B

Ocey Snead: Exhibit B

Dec. 21, 1907. Our second photo of the posthumously famous Ocey Snead. (The first is here.) George Grantham Bain Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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