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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Public Figures

Christmas Seals: 1923

Christmas Seals: 1923

President Coolidge buying Christmas seals in 1923 to benefit the Tuberculosis Association. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 

Big Bill Edwards: 1915

Big Bill Edwards: 1915

William Edwards, a.k.a. Big Bill Edwards, collector of internal revenue for the Wall Street district and former Princeton football star, delivering a speech circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

E.B. and P.P.: 1921

E.B. and P.P.: 1921

"Edwards boy and P.P. Claxton." Our mysterious lad continues his tour of Washington in early 1921 with a visit to the offices of the federal commissioner of education, Philander P. Claxton. View full size. National Photo Co. Collection.

 

Our Man in Washington: 1921

Our Man in Washington: 1921

1921. The Edwards boy with Will Hays in Washington. View full size. 5x4 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Seeing the Sights: 1921

Seeing the Sights: 1921

1921. Edwards boy at inaugural stand in Washington (East Portico of the Capitol). View full size. 5x7 glass negative, National Photo Company Collection.

 

Our Humble Chapeaux: 1914

Our Humble Chapeaux: 1914

May 25, 1914. "Mrs. Del Campo and Ruth Rabasa," daughter of the Mexican diplomat Emilio Rabasa. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Private Ruth: 1924

Private Ruth: 1924

Yankees slugger Babe Ruth on May 28, 1924, at the War Department in Washington shortly after signing up for a three-year stint in the New York National Guard. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

 
 
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