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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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The Polesters: 1928

The Polesters: 1928

Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac telephone school, Georgia Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Play by Play: 1924

Play by Play: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Coleman's scoreboard invention." The scene behind the screen of the Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard. View full size.

 

A Radiola for Every Purse: 1925

A Radiola for Every Purse: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Radio Corporation of America, exhibit." Planted amid the palms: the RCA Radiola 104, Radiola Super VIII and Radiola IIIA, and an assortment of Radiotron tubes. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Gadgeteers: 1922

Gadgeteers: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. The second of two photos with the caption "William Armstrong Perry." National Photo Co. Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Ask a Teenager: 1922

Ask a Teenager: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "William Armstrong Perry." A former editor of Boys Life and Scouting magazines, W.A. Perry authored a study called "Radio in Education." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Office: 1923

The Office: 1923

Washington, D.C., August 1923. "National Highways Association." An interesting variety of business machinery on display here including a Dictaphone and some Ediphone cylinders. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Desk Lamp: 1938

Desk Lamp: 1938

March 21, 1938. Washington, D.C. "Purchasing on an average of 4 million electric light bulbs annually, Uncle Sam is probably one of the largest users of light in the country. The National Bureau of Standards sees that the government gets value received in purchases by continually testing the incandescent lamps to determine their life and the amount of light they give. Using a special machine designed by the Bureau, Louis Barbrow is shown measuring the amount of light given by a lamp." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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