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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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Fourteenth and Q: 1932

Fourteenth and Q: 1932

"Street scene, auto accident, 14th and Q." A second look at this Washington, D.C., car crash circa 1932. National Photo Co. safety film negative. View full size.

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Same perspective from July of 2004. Some of the buildings on the far corner are gone in the 2004 view (many were destroyed in this area during the 1968 riots) but new buildings have recently been constructed on those lots.

Capitol Cab

During the 9/11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon a Capitol Cab driven by Lloyd England was hit by a light pole after the jet knocked it over. Nearly the same logo after all these years.

I'm shocked!

I'm shocked that all of the men in this photo aren't wearing suits, ties and hats. Maybe the dress code was relaxed a bit for the hot, humid weather in DC. Unless, you were playing baseball -- then you wore a tie.

Also I don't think the kid with the bat slid into home plate dressed like that. Not unless he wanted to face the Wrath of Mom.

Wonderful Site

Great website. I really should be working (don't tell the boss) but the pictures here are so fascinating, I want to see more. Best part of the whole site... Dave's comments.


Batter Up!

Just behind the taxi I see a kid with a baseball bat, and I see another kid with what looks like a ball glove. I think the wreck must have interrupted their street game.

I am sooooo fired!

The guy standing next to the cab, with his hand on his forehead? "I am sooooo fired!"

Tale of Two Fords

Car 1 is a 1932 Ford Victoria; the cab sitting halfway on the sidewalk is a 1931 Ford Town Sedan.

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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