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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Cars+Trucks

Housing Boom: 1923

Housing Boom: 1923

1923. "Allied Asphalt Products Co., 4700 block of 8th St." The Joseph Shapiro Company Exhibit House at Eighth and Crittenden streets N.W. in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Gearhead Heaven: 1926

Gearhead Heaven: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "Standard Automotive Supply Co., 14th & S streets N.W." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Joy Ride: 1924

Joy Ride: 1924

Found among family pictures, my father's good friends with their "new" vehicle circa 1924. Love the facial expressions. View full size.

King Street: 1921

King Street: 1921

King Street in Alexandria, Virginia. 1921 or 1922. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Who can pinpoint the intersection?

 

Dirty Laundry: 1924

Dirty Laundry: 1924

"Old Colony Laundry. Ford Motor Co." Washington, D.C., in 1924, when the streets were a honking sooty gridlock of trucks delivering diapers, blackberry pie and Whistle. Note the integrated, state-of-the-art turn signal attached to the cab. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Pie Patrol: 1920

Pie Patrol: 1920

Washington again, circa 1920. "Holmes Bakery truck. Ford Motor Co." A sight sadly missing from the streets of our nation's capital lo these many years: big trucks delivering fresh blackberry pie. View full pies. National Photo Company.

 

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Thirsty? Just Whistle: 1923

Washington, D.C., 1923. "Whistle Bottling Works." Yet another outpost in the Whistle beverage empire. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Somehow I can envision a musical based on this place. Kind of like "The Pajama Game," but instead of sleepwear, soda pop. And of course whistling.

 
 
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