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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.

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NORWAY IN SEPTEMBER, c. 1920s

Street View Car: 1923

Street View Car: 1923

        This early prototype "Go-Ogle Auto-Rig" was operated by a driver and a lensman who fed motion picture film into the 360-degree camera at the rate of 90 feet per minute. After being conveyed through the mobile developing tank, footage was viewed using a stereopticon indexed to a telephone directory.

March 26, 1923. Washington, D.C. "Test car, Bureau of Standards." See above for details. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

X-Ray: 1922

X-Ray: 1922

Washington, D.C., 1922. "X-ray at Garfield Hospital." We'll have you patched up in no time, kiddo. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

The Web: 1924

The Web: 1924

1924. Washington, D.C. "In recognition of his having conducted the most successful radio exhibition in the U.S., Alfred Stern, director of Washington's first radio exposition, was presented with this elaborate loop antenna by Dr. J. Harris Rogers, famous inventor. It is estimated that 50,000 persons attended this exhibition." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Radio Barber: 1922

Radio Barber: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio in barbershop." Seen earlier outdoors. A closeup of the instructions for the set, provided by American Field Glass Service (which also supplied, we would guess, coin-operated binoculars and telescopes) can be seen here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

The New Nickelodeon: 1922

Washington circa 1922. "Coin-operated radio outside barbershop." Now's your chance to hear what all the fuss is about. Harris & Ewing photo. View full size.

 

Warming Up: 1923

Warming Up: 1923

        UPDATE: For a better view of the equipment click here.

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Herbert Hoover Jr. and radio set." Son of the future president and a noted ham. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Neutrodyne Tweaker: 1924

Neutrodyne Tweaker: 1924

July 1924. "A new use for discarded automobile horns has been discovered by Dr. William C. Fowler, health officer of Washington, D.C. Dr. Fowler has adapted an old rams-horn type auto horn, a relic of the days when they blew them with bulbs, and fitted it to his radio to serve as a loudspeaker. This gives as good a tone as any he could buy, he says." This photo of Dr. Fowler tuning a Freed-Eisemann Neutrodyne receiver clears up the minor mystery of who this is. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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