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Washington, D.C., circa 1911. “Flights and test of Rex Smith biplane flown by Antony Jannus. The plane with Rufus R. Bermann, wireless operator, and Fred Aubert.” (Photo: Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative via Shorpy / Library of Congress)

There’s always something interesting about history—it’s often just a matter of knowing where to find it. Shorpy.com highlights the noteworthy negatives of the Library of Congress in high-definition. See more from the collection on LightBox.

Burying the dead Confederate soldiers

On the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam, Alexander Gardner’s battlefield photographs of America’s bloodiest day remind us of the arresting power of conflict photography.

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Bayga, Near Samarkand, between 1905 and 1915

Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii created thousands of color photographs of Czarist Russia. A new book from German publisher Gestalten features a selection of the Russian photographer’s nearly 2,000 glass negatives.

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