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March 2007

Washington As It Was: Photographs by Theodor Horydczak, 1923-1959
Not blue and red, but black and white!
Grade Level: 9-12

The American Memory Project at the Library of Congress developed this online collection of approximately 14,350 digital images from the work of Theodor Horydczak, Washington photographer from the mid-1920s through the 1950s. It documents the architecture and social life of the Washington metropolitan area during this time.
The left side menu offers links to the main areas of the site as well as a search box where users can search the collection by entering descriptive information. The collection can also be browsed alphabetically by subject.

Anyone interested in the history of Washington D.C. will find this site worthy of note. The online collection of photographs of the Washington metropolitan area that were taken by the little known photographer Theodor Horydczak include commercial buildings, cherry blossoms, people, street scenes, the 1933 World Series and much more. Two essays are available: the first Theodor Horydczaks Washington offers information about Horydczaks work and is divided into three sections (People and Events, Machines and Industrial Subjects, and Buildings and Urban Development); and a very short essay about what little is known about the man. The Collection Connection link leads to lesson plans and classroom connections for U.S. History, critical thinking, and the arts and humanities.


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