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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Portraits

Cecilia O'Dea: 1922

Cecilia O'Dea: 1922

"Miss Cecelia [Cecilia] O'Dea, 1922." Cecelia, who played the piano and sang, had her name in the pages of the Washington Post maybe a dozen times, usually as an accompanist or soloist at recitals and such. Now, 80 years later, here's her picture. Take it away, Cecelia. National Photo Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Chester Beach: 1908

Chester Beach: 1908

The American sculptor Chester Beach (1881-1956) circa 1908 in New York. 8 x 10 inch dry plate glass negative by Gertude Käsebier. View full size.

 

Rock On: 1926

Rock On: 1926

August 2, 1926. "Miss Marjorie Joesting." Marjorie, the future Mrs. Arthur Lange, was both Miss Washington, D.C., and a Miss America runner-up at Atlantic City in 1926. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Nancy Hamilton: 1926

Nancy Hamilton: 1926

"Nancy Hamilton, 9/9/26." View full size. National Photo Co. glass negative.

 

Herbert E. French: 1920

Herbert E. French: 1920

"Unidentified man with hat." 1919 or 1920. View full size. National Photo Co. Update: This is none other than National Photo Company founder and proprietor Herbert E. French, who donated his entire inventory of glass and film negatives to the Library of Congress. Where someone should have their knuckles rapped!

 

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.

 
 
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