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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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Carved in Stone: 1923

Carved in Stone: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Union Station." You'll come for the trains but stay for the sculpture. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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Below is the same view from May of 2018.

Stranded Streetcar

The streetcar on the forecourt is interesting. There do not appear to be any overhead wires for it, and it is too large for a cable car.

[The Washington, D.C. trolley system was powered by underground electric conduits. -tterrace]

Speaking of Sculptures

On my first trip to Washington D.C. circa 1979, I was shocked on arrival by train to find a nation's capital main railway station in decrepit condition. I did get to ride the underground shuttle train between the Capitol and Senate office buildings, before security issues arose. In recent visits I have been amazed at the transformation of Union Station into a showpiece of transportation and retail, with crowds that reflect bygone days. A friend there took me to see an interesting detail of one of the statues. You can read all about it here.

The door on the right

used to be known as The President's Entrance, and was reserved for use only by presidents, ambassadors, heads of state and Kate Smith.

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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