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Washington D.C. by E.B. Thompson. D.C. Public Library.

In 1944 the D.C. Public Library purchased over 1800 lanternslides and glass plate negatives from E.B. Thompson for $1,000. Mr. Thompson was a photographer who in 1904 opened a store that sold “steropticon supplies, cameras, lantern slides,” and other photographic equipment at 1343 F St., NW.
His camera shop moved numerous times in forty years, ending up finally at 1744 Columbia Road, N.W. In 1944, his business letterhead advertised his store as selling “Sound and Silent Motion Pictures and Slides”.He offered to sell his collection of images of Washington, DC to the DC Public Library as he prepared to retire from full time work after a long illness in 1944.
Starting in 1946 the DC Public Library contracted with the Library of Congress to create 8x10 black and white prints on mounts from his collection of slides and negatives. The prints are now part of the Washington, DC Historical Image Collection in the Washingtoniana Division. The collection’s strengths are in its images of federal buildings, the Arlington National Cemetery, federal memorials, national parades, historic houses, and street scenes.
East Entrance of the White House
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Unknown Solider

The Unknown Soldier being taken to Arlington National Cemetery

House Boats

House boats along the C&O Canal just west of Georgetown

View of graves at Arlington National Cemetery

Unknown section of the cemetery...Arlington, Virginia

Old Center Market

Old Center Market, south side of Pennsylvania Avenue, between 7th and 9th streets, NW. ca. 1910. ..Current site of the National Archives building.

Washington Star

The Washington Star building, 1101 Pennsylvania Avenue, was apart of Washington's "newspaper row." The newspaper ceased publication in 1981

Taft Bridge

Taft Bridge, which spans Rock Creek Park, was opened in 1907 and at the time was the largest concrete bridge in the world

DC City Hall

Statue of Abraham Lincoln out front of the DC City Hall (now the DC Superior Court). the 1868 statue by Lot Flannery is the oldest memorial to Lincoln in the nation

Library of Congress

Interior view of the Library of Congress (Jefferson Building)

Spanish-American War Soldiers

Interment of Spanish-American War soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery

East Entrance of the White House

East entrance to the White House

Key Mansion

Francis Scott Key mansion in Georgetown. Despite local efforts to save the building, it was razed in 1948 to make way for a ramp connecting the Whitehurst Freeway to the Key Bridge

Boat house

Just above the Aquaduct Bridge is the Potomac Boat Club.

Canal Swimmers

Two children getting ready to take a swim in the C&O canal

Dickies Tavern

View of "Dickies" tavern in Great Falls

Exterior view of Federal American National Bank

Built in 1924 the bank was designed by Alfred C Bossom in association with Jules Henri de Sibour, Washington's leading Beaux-Arts architect...615-621 14th Street, NW..Ca. 1930

C&O Canal

Canal boat being towed along the C& O Canal

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Interior of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (now the Renwick Gallery) located at 1661 Pennsylvania Avenue. NW

Decatur House

Built in 1818 for naval hero Stephen Decatur, the house was designed by Benjamin Henry Latrobe and is one of the oldest surviving homes in DC. With its prominent location on the northwest corner of President's ... more

View of the Redwood Tree House

Built in 1893 - removed and stored 1930 - destroyed 1940..On the grounds of the Department of Agriculture ca. 1930...National Mall between 12th and 14th Streets, SW

Gun Barrel Fence

2803 & 2805 P Street in Georgetown - The Gun Barrel Fence. The 364 gun barrels were aquired from the Washington Navy Yard following its burning in 1814 by the British Army.

Frederick the Great

Statue of Frederick the Great, by Joseph Uphues in 1899, was a gift from Kaiser Wilhelm II to President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904. It was placed at the Army War College (now known as Fort McNair). During World... more

John A. Wilson Building

The John A. Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Avenue). Orginally named the District building, it was constructed in 1904-08 and was remaned in 1994 to honor the long time city council member John A Wilson.

View of the old ampitheater at Arlington National Cemetery

Build in 1868 to host the annual Decoration (now Memorial) Day festivities at the cemetery. It was used until 1920 when the new ampitheater opened.

Old Stone House

Located on M Street in Georgetown this house was built in 1765, making it the oldest standing building in the District of Columbia. The house was built by Christopher Layman, a cabinetmaker by trade, and served... more

East Entrance of White House

Fountain outside the East entrance to the White House

Six Portraits of George Martin Kober

Dr. George Martin Kober (Mar. 28, 1850 - Apr. 24, 1931) Born in Germany and recieved his medical degree from Georgetown University in 1873 and a post-graduate degree in 1874. after graduation he was appointed a... more

Lafayette Park

A snow covered Lafayette Park. At the center is the Clark Mills statue of Andrew Jackson

Pan American Union

Interior view of the Pan American Union (Organization of American States) building

View of World War I graves at Arlington National Cemetery

View of World War I graves at Arlington National Cemetery, radio towers in the .background...Arlington, Virginia

Portrait of Daniel French

Daniel Chester French (April 20, 1850 - October 7, 1931) was an American sculptor. At the age of twenty-three received from the town of Concord, Massachusetts, an order for his well-known statue The Minute Man,... more

View of Sherman Drive in Arlington National Cemetery

This is believed to be Sherman Drive because the Temple of Fame on the left side of the road.

Confederate Monument in Alexandria, Virginia

Washington Street, Alexandria, Viriginia

Great Falls

View of Great Falls on the Potomac River during a low water period

View of a steamboat at Mount Vernon dock

Mount Vernon, Virginia, Potomac River

Cannon

One of the canons outside Healy Hall on the campus of Georgetown University

Key Mansion

Built in 1802 by Thomas Clark, this house is where Francis Scott Key and his family lived while he was a lawer in Georgetown from 1805 -1833. The house was located at 3518 M Street, NW and despite several effor... more

Cherry Blossoms

An artist seen painting the Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin

Taft Bridge

Looking down Connecticut Avenue over the Taft Bridge. The lions were designed by Roland Perry

C&O Canal

View of the C&O Canal looking at the Wisconsin Avenue bridge in Georgetown

View of the wreck of the Mary Washington

The boat was owned by the Upper Potomac Steamboat Company...Wrecked in the Potomac River.

Charles Sumner School

View of the Charles Sumner School, 17th and M Streets, NW. Designed by Adolph Cluss the school was constructed in 1872 and was the first public school building erected for the education of the District's black ... more

West from Capitol Hill

view looking west from Capitol Hill toward the Potomac River. Buildings include the Library of Congress, US Capitol and the House of Repersenatives, Cannon Office Building

White House Shovelers

White House staff seen removing the snow from the front driveway

General Winfield Scott Hancock

Statue of General Winfield Scott Hancock located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 7th Street. The statue was sculpted by Henry Jackson Ellicott.

Stewart Castle

The Stewart Castle on Dupont Circle (ca 1900). It was built in 1873 for William Morris Stewart and was designed by Adolph Cluss. It was razed in 1901 by the new owner who planned to build a new mansion on the s... more

From Washington Monument

View of the Department of Agriculture, The Smithsonian Castle and the US Capitol taken from atop the Washington Monument

Old Post Office

Old Post Office building, 12th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, was completed in 1899.

South Lawn of White House

view of the White House and the South Lawn

Two protraits of President William McKinley

William McKinley (January 29, 1843 - September 14, 1901) was the 25th President of the United States. He was elected twiice, in 1896 and 1900, but was assassinated in 1901 at the Pan-American Exposition in Buff... more

David Burnes Cottage

David Burnes Cottage at 17th and B Streets built by the Burnes family before the Revolutionary War...Marcia Burnes married wealthy businessman John P. Van Ness in 1802 and the cottage remained standing on land ... more

Garfield Assassination Site

Marker on the wall inside Baltimore & Potomac Railroad Station honoring President James Garfield. The star on the floor marks the spot where he was assassinated by Charles Guiteau.

Minerva of Peace

"Minerva of Peace" by Elihu Vedder inside the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress

Georgetown

View of Georgetown University and the boathouse taken from the Aqueduct Bridge

View of the Washington Monument from Arlington House

View of the Washington Monument and the District of Columbia from Arlington House.

View of graves at Arlington National Cemetery

Ca. 1900..View of graves at Arlington National Cemetery. Woman looking at tombstone in center of picture.

Joan of Arc

This Joan of Arc statue by Paul Dubois is a replica of the statue at Rheims Cathedral in France and was a gift to the women of the United States from the women of France.

Prospect Park in New York

This column, located in Prospect Park (Brooklyn, New York) commemorates the 400 Maryland soldiers who fought at Lookout Hill during the Battle of Long Island on August 27, 1776. Designed by Stanford White, the ... more

Canoe Race!

Canoe race on the Potomac River

Unknown Soldier

Unknown Soldier from World War I being taken from the USS Olympia at the Washington Navy Yard and transported to the US Capitol to lay in state. On November 11, 1921 the body was intered at Arlington National Cemetery

Washington Monument Under Construction

View of the Washington Monument (under construction) and the Department of Agriculture taken from atop the Smithsonian Castle

View of the old ampitheater near Arlington House in Arlington National Cemetery

Built in 1868 to host the annual Decoration (now Memorial) Day festivities at the cemetery. It was used until 1920 when the new amphitheater opened...Ca. 1920

Pauline

Pauline was the pet of President William Howard Taft and is seen here grazing on the south lawn of the White House. She supplied the Taft family with fresh milk daily.

Bend in the Canal

The C&O canal

Washington Post

The Washington Post Building located at 1337 E Street

Shoreham Hotel

Located at H and 15th Streets, NW (northwest corner) the hotel was built in 1887 and quickly became a fashionable apartment hotel for members of Congress. In an effort to compete with other hotels the Shoreham ... more

Langley Flier floats in the Potomac following an un-succesful attempt at first maned flight

Langley Flier floats in the Potomac following an un-succesful attempt at first maned flight

Jones Point Lighthouse

Jones Point Lighthouse, built in 1855, is the oldest inland lighthouse in the US. several yards south of the lighthouse is the south cornerstone marking the southern point of District of Columbia.

View of the Mall

View of the Mall area of the District of Columbia from the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital

Army & Navy Club

Built in 1891 by architect Harvey L. Page, the clubhouse at 17th and Eye Streets, NW was the first permanent home to the Army & Navy Club. in 1911 the club moved into a new building across the street. It wa... more

Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (February 12, 1884 - February 20, 1980) was the only child of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Alice led an unconventional and sometimes controversial lif... more

Henderson Castle

Built in 1888 for Senator John Brooks Henderson, the castle stood at the intersection of Florida Avenue and 16th Street, NW (northwest corner). Henderson was a skilled politician and was the man who drafted th... more

Alice Roosevelt and Nicholas Longworth

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth (February 12, 1884 - February 20, 1980) was the only child of Theodore Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee. Alice led an unconventional and sometimes controversial lif... more

Portrait of Pompeo Coppini

Pompeo Luigi Coppini (May 19, 1870-September 26, 1957) was a sculptor, born in Moglia, Mantua, Italy, on May 19, 1870, the son of Giovanni and Leandra (Raffa) Coppini. He grew up in Florence where he was a stud... more

"Grief" Statue

Henry Adams asked Augustus Saint-Gaudens to create this memorial to his wife who committed suicide in 1885. It is located in Rock Creek Cemetery and is often mistakenly called the "Grief" statue.

Cherry Blossoms

View of the Cherry Blossoms along the Tidal Basin with the Washington Monument in the background

Bridge Over Great Falls

A family crosses a wooden bridge near Great Falls on the Potomac River

View of graves in the Civil War section of Arlington National Cemetery

Unknown soldiers are marked with small cube shaped markers, while known soldiers have standard sized markers. All soldiers in the Civil War section fought for the North.

Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont in Dupont Circle

Statue of Admiral Samuel Francis DuPont in Dupont Circle. The Family had this statue moved to the family estate in Winterthur, Delaware and replaced it with the Henry Bacon and Daniel Chester French designed fountain.

E.D.E.N. House

E.D.E.N. Southworth house in Georgetown. Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth wrote more than 60 novels in the latter part of the 19th century and was one of the most widely read authors of that era

Portrait of Marie Hengelmuller and daughter

Baron Ladislaus Hengelmuller de Hengervar (also Laszlo Hengelmuller von Hengervar), (1845-1917) was a longterm Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to the United States, stretching through multiple Presidential administ... more

View of Sheridan Gate

Other images of Sheridan gate are different then this one. unable to determine if this is a re-designed gate or a totally different structure...Arlington, Virginia

Blaine House

Built in 1881 for Senator James Blaine, the house was one of the first mansions built around Dupont Circle and is only one of two still standing today. In 1901 it became the house of George Westinghouse and he ... more

Boats on Canal

House boats along the C&O Canal just west of Georgetown

General view of the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery

General view of the grounds at Arlington National Cemetery, tombstone surrounded by iron fence to the right of image. This marker could be the grave of George Washington Parke Custis.

Bartholdi Fountain

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi created the fountain for the 1876 American centennial celebration in Philadelphia. At the close of the exhibiton the fountain was purchased y the US Government at the suggestion of Fr... more

In the White House

Interior view of the greenhouse at the White House

Poritait of Countess Marie Dunir Borowska Hengelmuller

Baron Ladislaus Hengelmuller de Hengervar (also Laszlo Hengelmuller von Hengervar), (1845-1917) was a longterm Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to the United States, stretching through multiple Presidential administ... more

Portrait of William Thornton

William Thornton (May 20, 1759 - 28 March 1828) was the original architect of the United States Capitol. Thornton's design for the Capitol had been submitted after the close of a competition in which 17 entries... more

View of the Botanic Garden with US Capitol in background

The Columbian Institute for the Promotion of Arts and Sciences in Washington, DC first suggested the creation of the US Botanic Garden in 1816. By an act of Congress, it was 1820 and given land west of the US C... more

Runaway reward poster

November 16, 1858