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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • NEW ZEALAND CENTENNIAL: 1840-1940

Internal Revenue: 1920

Internal Revenue: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Internal Revenue -- income tax story." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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Brrr

Since heat rises, that's probably not the most efficient location for those radiators.

[Actually, infrared energy (which is what a steam radiator radiates) propagates equally in all directions. - Dave]

Tax Temp

Things looked like this at the Australian Tax Office until the late '70s.

A friend of mine had a temp job there, for about three months in "Records Purification." Every day, all day, he'd open a drawer and check the first file. Then go to the next, then the next, looking for misfiled records, usually non-consecutive tax file numbers. Imagine the unbounded joy he'd feel when he actually discovered one.

If you've ever wondered what an aquarium snail thinks about, try this job.

File size

I wonder how many megabytes of data are in these file cabinets.

 
SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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