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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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Park Here: 1937

Park Here: 1937

July 1937. "Parking lot in Washington, D.C." Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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Car Show

77 years later, the cars in this parking lot could be the entries in a very nice vintage car show. Some beautiful vehicles here!

Roadster ID suggestion

1931 Cadillac or LaSalle. Note two cowl vents and fender lamps, features of both Cadillac & its companion make LaSalle.

Spite Wall or Spaghetti Factory?

I was intrigued by the ghost of an old house on the wall at right, and then realized that the wall itself seems to be part of a two-story building that is not even as wide as the length of the cars parked next to it. The brick roof parapet appears to be on all three visible sides of the structure, and encloses chimneys and skylights. If it's actually part of the lower structure at the far right, that's a very unusual layout for an old American urban brick building, but such things sometimes got built on narrow right-of-way lots. Too bad there's no 1937 Street View to click on and see what the facade looked like.

Convertible Roadster

Very interested to identify the convertible roadster parked next to the attendant's station. Has a suitcase luggage rack mounted on the rear. What a lovely automobile.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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