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National Photo Company

The National Photo Company Collection, Washington, D.C.Created by: LOC's Public Domain ArchiveDated: 1910
Post Ofc. Flag day, Washington, D.C.
During the administrations of Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, and Hoover, the National Photo Company supplied photographs of current news events in Washington, D.C., as a daily service to its subscribers. It also prepared sets of pictures on popular subjects and undertook special photographic assignments for local businesses and government agencies.

The bulk of the images were created between 1909 and 1932. The photographic files of the National Photo Company, including an estimated 80,000 images (photographic prints and corresponding glass negatives), were acquired by the Library from its proprietor Herbert E. French in 1947.
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Navajo Indians, blanket and belt weavers / taken by James Mooney, 1892-93.

Navajo Indians, blanket and belt weavers / taken by James Mooney, 1892...

Navajo woman weaving on horizontal loom in camp at Keam's Canyon, Arizona as a child, Nedespa, cards wool, another woman spins wool (left) and another women weaves at a belt frame (right). No. 534. Forms part o... More

Stock Exchange, Buenos Aires

Stock Exchange, Buenos Aires

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Training enlisted men in school of Elec

Training enlisted men in school of Elec

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Unidentified clergy

Unidentified clergy

Date from negatives in same range Caption scratched off. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This g... More

[Crowd waiting in line outside of White House for New Year reception]
Bolling Field

Bolling Field

Date span reflects dates range of negatives in collection. Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General informatio... More

U.S. Weather Bureau. Balloon for sending up self re...

U.S. Weather Bureau. Balloon for sending up self re...

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Four wheel drive hill climbing

Four wheel drive hill climbing

Date span reflects dates range of negatives in collection. Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General informatio... More

Girls baseball

Girls baseball

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range Caption scratched off. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information ... More

[Policewoman and policeman practicing self-defense]

[Policewoman and policeman practicing self-defense]

National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

Ford Motor Co. Hanlon Lincoln hearse

Ford Motor Co. Hanlon Lincoln hearse

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Girls rifle team, Univ. of Md

Girls rifle team, Univ. of Md

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Auto wreck (before 1920)

Auto wreck (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo C... More

Glen Echo, Md

Glen Echo, Md

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Auto wreck, 73023 (before 1920)

Auto wreck, 73023 (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on negative or negative sleeve. Date from related neg LC-F8-25604. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo C... More

Herr Dump Car Mfg. Co

Herr Dump Car Mfg. Co

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Glen Echo, Md

Glen Echo, Md

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

[Umpire ready to make the call as catcher applies tag to Washington ball player sliding into home plate during baseball game]

[Umpire ready to make the call as catcher applies tag to Washington ba...

Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress). Public domain scan of the vintage baseball memorabilia, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Auto wreck (before 1920)

Auto wreck (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National P... More

Food supplies

Food supplies

Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This negative might show str... More

Miss Mary Bay, 12924 (before 1920)

Miss Mary Bay, 12924 (before 1920)

Photo shows entertainer Mary Bay driving a niniature car; possibly related to Gus Edwards and his girl revue Toppers at B.F. Keith's Theater, Washington, D.C. (Source: Washington Post, Jan. 27, 1924, p. AA2) Ti... More

Christmas tree

Christmas tree

Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This negative might show str... More

Rudolph Valentino (before 1920)

Rudolph Valentino (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo C... More

KKK group with children (copy)

KKK group with children (copy)

Title devised by Library staff Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npc... More

Men with artillery

Men with artillery

Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This glass negative might sh... More

Classy Camp group, 1915

Classy Camp group, 1915

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

[Woman working under hood of Stutz Weightman Special no. 26 on Benning race track, Washington, D.C., area]
Auto Peds

Auto Peds

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

[U.S. soldiers reading books in YMCA library, Vancouver barracks]

[U.S. soldiers reading books in YMCA library, Vancouver barracks]

No. L.W.S. 18. Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

Crandall's Theater, 9th & E, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Crandall's Theater, 9th & E, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

[Unidentified motorcycle race, probably in the Washington, D.C. area]

[Unidentified motorcycle race, probably in the Washington, D.C. area]

Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

Walter Reed Physiotherapy story

Walter Reed Physiotherapy story

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Peoples Drug Store, 804 8th St., N.E., Washington, D.C.

Peoples Drug Store, 804 8th St., N.E., Washington, D.C.

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Bathing Beach, 1920

Bathing Beach, 1920

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from caption list. Caption from caption list: Bare legs and scanty one piece bathing suits were very ... More

Three men standing outside building, 12620

Three men standing outside building, 12620

Date from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is availabl... More

Senora Don R. Camilo Diaz

Senora Don R. Camilo Diaz

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Caption from caption list: Senora don R. Camilo Diaz, wife of the Secty... More

Tech basketball team, 1920

Tech basketball team, 1920

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Altemus-Hibble truck

Altemus-Hibble truck

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

George H. Corson teaching swim class at the Tidal Basin, Washington, D.C.

George H. Corson teaching swim class at the Tidal Basin, Washington, D...

Caption from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeve: Geo. H. Corson. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information ab... More

Scripps Booth sedan, 1921 (before 1920)

Scripps Booth sedan, 1921 (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

[Indian group at the White House]

[Indian group at the White House]

National Photo Company Collection.

Harding at Nat. Open Champ

Harding at Nat. Open Champ

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. General information about the National Photo Company collection is avai... More

Alex. Graham Bell

Alex. Graham Bell

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National P... More

Miss Edith Ainge

Miss Edith Ainge

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National P... More

[The Peoples Drug Store baseball team, Washington, D.C.]

[The Peoples Drug Store baseball team, Washington, D.C.]

National Photo Company Collection. Public domain scan of the vintage baseball memorabilia, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Harding turkey, 111721

Harding turkey, 111721

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp... More

Ambulance

Ambulance

Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This glass negative might sh... More

Unveiling Grant Memorial

Unveiling Grant Memorial

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from related negative LC-F8-18618. General information about the National Photo Company collection is... More

Liquor rade i.e., raid, 10422

Liquor rade i.e., raid, 10422

Title and date from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is a... More

Fordson tractors

Fordson tractors

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

[Hamilton, halfback on the football team at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland]

[Hamilton, halfback on the football team at U.S. Naval Academy, Annapo...

On verso: Hamilton, H.B., Navy, 1922. Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

[President and Mrs. Coolidge at the laying of the cornerstone of the George Washington Masonic National Memorial]

[President and Mrs. Coolidge at the laying of the cornerstone of the G...

National Photo Company Collection. Item in album: v. 1, p. 20, no. 27094.

Takoma Park, Fourth of July celebration 7423

Takoma Park, Fourth of July celebration 7423

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at h... More

Harriet Lane Johnston inaugural dress from First Ladies Collection, 9324

Harriet Lane Johnston inaugural dress from First Ladies Collection, 93...

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on negative or negative sleeve for LC-F8-32... More

Special delivery

Special delivery

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Caption fragile. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about... More

Models, Wash. fashion show, 5724

Models, Wash. fashion show, 5724

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from related negative LC-F8-30506. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the Nationa... More

James M. Beck & daughter Beatrice, 102524

James M. Beck & daughter Beatrice, 102524

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Lucy Webb Hayes inaugural dress from First Ladies Collection, 9324

Lucy Webb Hayes inaugural dress from First Ladies Collection, 9324

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date (year) from negatives in same range. End of caption rubbed off negative. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947.... More

Dedication, Arizona Stone in Monument, 41524

Dedication, Arizona Stone in Monument, 41524

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Poster winners, Am. R.R. Assn., 51024

Poster winners, Am. R.R. Assn., 51024

Title and date from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve for related neg. LC-F8-30504. On negative: same as LC-F8-30504. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. Gener... More

Sgt. Jiggs

Sgt. Jiggs

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Ford Motor Co (before 1920)

Ford Motor Co (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Miss Jessie Dell, Civil Service Commissioner, 91825

Miss Jessie Dell, Civil Service Commissioner, 91825

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

[Umpire Nallan ready to make the call as Washington catcher Hank Severeid awaits ball while New York Yankee Lou Gehrig slides into home plate during baseball game]

[Umpire Nallan ready to make the call as Washington catcher Hank Sever...

Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress). Public domain scan of the vintage baseball memorabilia, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

U.S. Patent Office, 71625

U.S. Patent Office, 71625

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from related neg. LC-F81-36519. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National P... More

White Calf & Iron Crow, Sioux Indians, 5625

White Calf & Iron Crow, Sioux Indians, 5625

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Polo game bet.. 3rd Calvalry & War Dept. team, 52726

Polo game bet.. 3rd Calvalry & War Dept. team, 52726

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Mrs. Hoover greets the cowboy band of Simmons University, Abilene, Texas

Mrs. Hoover greets the cowboy band of Simmons University, Abilene, Tex...

Mrs. Hoover and man at entrance to the White House with band members. In album: Washington, D.C., June 1927 to May 1929, v. 2, Herbert E. French, National Photo Company, p. 19, no. 42260. Forms part of: Nationa... More

Smoot, Mae Murray, Hawley tax petitions, 12729

Smoot, Mae Murray, Hawley tax petitions, 12729

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Bureau Engraving & Printing, Washington, D.C

Bureau Engraving & Printing, Washington, D.C

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Neptune fountain, Berlin

Neptune fountain, Berlin

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

[Mrs. Carrie Chapman Catt, half-length portrait, facing front]
Unidentified photographer with camera (before 1920)

Unidentified photographer with camera (before 1920)

Date from negatives in same range Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This glass negative might sho... More

Treasury. A $75,000 wheelbarrow of mutilated money on way to vaults. Employee in picture has wheeled barrow 50 years

Treasury. A $75,000 wheelbarrow of mutilated money on way to vaults. E...

Man pushing wheelbarrow with money stacked on it. National Photo Company Collection.

Entrance to the Coaster Dips, the roller coaster at the Glen Echo (Md.) Park near Washington, D.C.

Entrance to the Coaster Dips, the roller coaster at the Glen Echo (Md....

Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

Four wheel drive

Four wheel drive

Date span reflects dates range of negatives in collection. Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General informatio... More

Aeroplane factory

Aeroplane factory

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Ofc. of Comptroller.  Committee checking daily destruction of National Bank notes

Ofc. of Comptroller. Committee checking daily destruction of National...

Three men in Treasury Department office with bank notes. National Photo Company Collection.

Street car

Street car

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Stage with performer group

Stage with performer group

Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This negative might show str... More

Auto wreck (before 1920)

Auto wreck (before 1920)

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

[Umpire making the call on a man sliding into home plate during a baseball game between Washington and the Boston Red Sox]

[Umpire making the call on a man sliding into home plate during a base...

Forms part of: National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress). Public domain scan of the vintage baseball memorabilia, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Mrs. Phil Riley, St.Clair car

Mrs. Phil Riley, St.Clair car

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Women scientists: standing: Miss Nellie A. Brown; L to R: Miss Lucia McCollock, Miss Mary K. Bryan, Miss Florence Hedges, The women scientists make cultures of the parasites make ...ulation experiments and all sorts of technical laboratory work

Women scientists: standing: Miss Nellie A. Brown; L to R: Miss Lucia M...

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Wilson addressing Congress, 1913

Wilson addressing Congress, 1913

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from related negative LC-F81-626A. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the Nationa... More

Coxey's army, 1914 on Capitol steps, Washington, D.C.

Coxey's army, 1914 on Capitol steps, Washington, D.C.

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Children pickets at Raleigh Hotel waiters strike

Children pickets at Raleigh Hotel waiters strike

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Posters in photograph: "I want food and can't get it. My papa was locke... More

So. Sea Islands

So. Sea Islands

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Caption on photograph: "The Upper Ten of Tonga." Gift; Herbert A. Frenc... More

Mary Dixon Palmer

Mary Dixon Palmer

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negatives or negative sleeves. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National P... More

Wash. Sanitarium, Takoma Park, Maryland, operating room

Wash. Sanitarium, Takoma Park, Maryland, operating room

Title from unverified information provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the Natio... More

French soldiers

French soldiers

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Copy. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the Nation... More

Dept. Coal Mining

Dept. Coal Mining

Title from unverified information provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Copy. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the... More

Amer. Fed. of Labor, Prohibition demonstration, June 14, 1919

Amer. Fed. of Labor, Prohibition demonstration, June 14, 1919

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... More

Forest Service: fighting a forest fire

Forest Service: fighting a forest fire

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

The Sport Mart, a sporting goods store at 905 F Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Sport Mart, a sporting goods store at 905 F Street, N.W., Washingt...

Man, Simon Oppenheimer(?), standing in front of sporting goods store. National Photo Company Collection (Library of Congress).

[Mack Sennett girls in costumes posed with tires]

[Mack Sennett girls in costumes posed with tires]

National Photo Company Collection. Public domain photograph - actress, 1920s female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Men playing baseball

Men playing baseball

Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.npco This glass negative might sh... More

Louis T. McFadden, Pa

Louis T. McFadden, Pa

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from negatives in same range. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Pho... More

Senor Pedro M. Arcaya, 91222

Senor Pedro M. Arcaya, 91222

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Date from related negative LC-F8-20417. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the Nationa... More

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