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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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  • Water Slide: 1900

    Prints

    Fine-art prints by Juniper Gallery on a variety of archival art papers.

    9901 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:16pm

  • The Apparatus: 1923

    Cities

    Black-and-white historical streetscape and skyline photographs of major American cities from the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s and 1930s. New York, Washington D.C., Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and more.

    5551 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 11:36am

  • Birthday Posse: 1953

    Featured Contributors

    Shorpy contributor galleries.

    361 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:19pm

  • Birthday Posse: 1953

    Member Gallery

    Photos uploaded by visitors to Shorpy.com. To see your photos here, register for a user account and become a member! It may take a day or two for your photos to appear. If you're already a registered user, make sure you're logged in and then click here to upload. To see member submissions in blog form, click here.

    4974 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 6:19pm

  • The Rifleman: 1960

    Kodachromes

    Color transparencies including Kodachrome, Ektachrome and Anscochrome. Many large-format (mostly 4x5) Kodachrome transparencies shot for the Office of War Information. The images you see here have been adjusted by the Webmaster for color and contrast.

    409 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 12/08/2014 - 7:40pm

  • Water Slide: 1900

    Photographers

    9672 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:16pm

  • Jolly Rancher: 1941

    Agriculture

    121 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/19/2015 - 11:35am

  • Tarzan at Home: 1948

    Animals

    640 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:35pm

  • The Young Moderns: 1955

    Art & Design

    42 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/20/2011 - 12:26am

  • Hello Up There: 1929

    Astronomy

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 06/26/2013 - 11:51am

  • Honolulu Clipper: 1939

    Aviation

    246 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/10/2015 - 3:57pm

  • Before and After

    Before & After

    2 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/09/2011 - 11:15pm

  • Alpha Females: 1942

    Bicycles

    136 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:19pm

  • Water Slide: 1900

    Boats & Bridges

    Hundreds of black-and-white photos of battleships, dreadnoughts, riverboats, paddle wheelers, cruise ships, ocean liners and Great Lakes freighters and ore carriers. Photos of suspension and truss bridges including the Brooklyn Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge and 59th Street Bridge.

    630 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 2:16pm

  • Thrifty Scouts: 1913

    Boy Scouts

    44 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 1:09pm

  • Tent City: 1905

    Camping

    59 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:36pm

  • Pandora's Trunk: 1939

    Cars+Trucks

    Historical color and black-and-white photos of cars and trucks from the early 20th century: Model T Ford, Packard, Cadillac, Franklin, Renault, Oldsmobile and other marques from the brass era of automobiles; tailfinned road locomotives from the 1950s and beyond.

    1453 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 4:04pm

  • Troubled Waters: 1864

    Civil War

    Black-and-white historical photos from the American Civil War. Wet plate collodion glass plate negatives exposed by Mathew Brady, Alexander Gardner, Timothy O'Sullivan and other noted Civil War photographers. There are hundreds of photos in this gallery.

    283 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 01/08/2015 - 6:04pm

  • Theta Pi Pastels: 1910

    Colorized Photos

    Vintage colorized photos from Shorpy contributors.

    704 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/22/2015 - 6:03pm

  • Prince Albert: 1964

    Cornett Family

    Willie and Vivian Cornett of Leatherwood, Kentucky, their 12 children and grandchildren as documented by William Gedney in 1964 and 1972. Photographs from Duke University's William Gale Gedney (1932-1989) Photographs and Writings Collection.

    18 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/20/2012 - 10:05pm

  • Proto Zamboni: 1917

    Curiosities

    109 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 06/23/2012 - 11:32pm

  • Church of Meteorology: 1936

    Dust Bowl

    25 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/05/2015 - 1:12pm

  • Common Core: 1922

    Education

    174 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 01/05/2015 - 5:41pm

  • That Edwards Boy: 1921

    Edwards Boy

    Who was he, and what became of him? The answer is ... Out There. Maybe.

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 10/04/2012 - 3:54am

  • Heart to Heart: 1956

    Elvis 1956

    Photos of a 21-year-old Elvis Presley in 1956.

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 05/12/2013 - 11:51am

  • Working His Way Up: 1916

    Factories

    220 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 01/25/2015 - 11:40pm

  • Off Course: 1942

    Farked

    69 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 01/06/2014 - 4:03pm

  • Conflagration: 1908

    Fires, Floods etc.

    87 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/28/2015 - 3:21pm

  • A New Angle: 1903

    Flatiron Building

    Black-and-white historical photos of the Flatiron Building, a.k.a the Fuller Building, at Fifth Avenue and Broadway in Manhattan.

    18 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 07/24/2014 - 5:01pm

  • Christmas in Miami: 1954

    Florida

    192 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 12/24/2014 - 3:56pm

  • Snow Bowl: 1952

    Found

    182 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 5:30pm

  • Amethyst Twilight

    Free iPhone Wallpaper

    Download free iPhone Wallpaper. These historic images are cropped to fit perfectly on your iPhone.

    31 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 09/11/2008 - 10:20am

  • West of Dodge: 1957

    Frontier Life

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/04/2014 - 2:59pm

  • Grand Opening: 1932

    Gas Stations

    Filling stations from the 1910s and 1920s.

    132 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 2:33pm

  • A Hot Mess: 1901

    Glazier Stove Works

    Photos from 1901 documenting the Glazier Stove factory in Chelsea, Michigan.

    15 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 1:38pm

  • Naval Exercises: 1942

    Handsome Rakes

    39 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:36pm

  • Washington Flyer: 1921

    Herb & Joe

    Herbert Bell and Joe Garso, one-legged bicycle riders.

    4 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 5:09pm

  • Auld Lang Syne: 1925

    Holidays

    336 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 12/31/2014 - 6:11pm

  • Weld Noir: 1943

    Industry & Public Works

    41 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/18/2014 - 12:32pm

  • Tarzan at Home: 1948

    Kids

    An assortment of teens, tots, juveniles, youngsters, girls, boys and babes.

    1424 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:35pm

  • Top Chefs: 1910

    Kitchens etc.

    187 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 12/03/2014 - 8:27pm

  • Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

    Krazy Kat Club

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/05/2012 - 5:48pm

  • Infinite West: 1941

    Landscapes

    56 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/12/2015 - 10:48am

  • Thurston the Great: 1915

    Magic & Spiritualism

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 11/28/2007 - 3:49pm

  • Minor Medical: 1926

    Medicine

    140 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:11pm

  • Family Truckster: 1942

    Mining

    128 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/11/2015 - 7:48pm

  • Dirt Track Daredevils: 1912

    Motorcycles

    Photos of motorbikes like the Harley-Davidson and Indian as well as motorized bicycles.

    42 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 01/09/2015 - 1:59pm

  • Tarzan at Home: 1948

    Movies

    178 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/25/2015 - 5:35pm

  • Walk Like a Polynesian: 1920

    New Zealand

    Images from the National Library of New Zealand online digital archive.

    71 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 07/03/2014 - 11:43am

  • Fix-a-Flat: 1937

    On the Road

    50 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 01/27/2015 - 9:49pm

  • The Dear Leader: 2008 (?)

    Painfully Obvious Photoshoppery

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 3:05am

  • Alpha Females: 1942

    Patriotic

    50 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 1:19pm

  • Swimsuit Audition: 1930

    PDS

    People's Drug Stores, a once-ubiquitous retail chain in the Washington, D.C., area that was something like the Starbucks of patent remedies, cigars and "rubber goods." Interiors including soda fountains and exteriors including window displays.

    34 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 10/14/2014 - 7:38pm

  • The Music Men: 1920

    Performing Arts

    213 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/22/2015 - 11:49am

  • Echo Cliffs

    Photochrom

    Chromolithographs, generally postcards, made by the Detroit Publishing Co. using the Photochrom process.

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 2:26pm

  • The Texaco Troubadour: 1940

    Pie Town

    32 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2012 - 6:04am

  • Fancy Drainpipe: 1937

    Piscatorial Downspouts

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 08/30/2012 - 12:05pm

  • Fight or Starve: 1925

    Politics

    67 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/26/2015 - 4:07pm

  • Drama Queen: 1909

    Portraits

    317 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/12/2015 - 2:06pm

  • The Commercial Vampire: 1898

    Posters

    31 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 10:33am

  • Miss Fisher Body: 1939

    Pretty Girls

    236 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/10/2015 - 9:13pm

  • Joan Rivers: 1933-2014

    Public Figures

    72 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/05/2014 - 1:25pm

  • Après Snow: 1899

    Railroads

    Black-and-white and color historical photos of American railroads, locomotives, trains, depots and stations from the late 19th century and early to mid 20th century. Photos of steam locomotives and diesel engines. Elevated railways in New York and Chicago. There are hundreds of photos in this gallery.

    832 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/16/2015 - 1:47pm

  • Summer Internees: 1942

    Relocation Camps

    World War 2 Japanese-American relocation camps.

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/21/2012 - 9:34pm

  • Good EAT Food: 1938

    Restaurants

    Eateries, bars and pop stands.

    208 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/17/2015 - 10:42pm

  • Bud Dry: 1924

    Rural America

    242 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/18/2014 - 7:46pm

  • Spanish Gallons: 1907

    S-A War

    Spanish-American War photos

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 10/02/2014 - 3:34pm

  • Clown Concert: 1923

    Scary Clowns

    Clowns that are scary. Which of course would be all clowns.

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/29/2012 - 8:31pm

  • Silent Night: 1940

    Small Towns

    146 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 12/24/2014 - 8:27pm

  • Turf Battle: 1922

    Sports

    628 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 01/31/2015 - 10:08am

  • Corn Exchange: 1951

    Stores & Markets

    795 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:32pm

  • They Say It's Spring: 1924

    Streetcars

    Black-and-white historical photos of streetcars, trolleys and interurban railways from the early 20th century. Electric street railways and traction lines.

    439 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/04/2015 - 12:07pm

  • On the Ropes: 1910

    Swimming

    288 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/11/2015 - 2:24pm

  • Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

    Texas Mountain Trail

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/03/2009 - 1:18pm

  • Cover Girl: 1941

    The Card Game

    A curious set of photos from the Office of War Information archive, taken by Arthur Siegel in Detroit in the summer of 1941.

    9 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 11/27/2013 - 10:07pm

  • Perfect Timing: 1929

    The Depression

    179 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/22/2015 - 3:55pm

  • A Dickey Christmas: 1919

    The Dickeys

    Washington, D.C., lawyer Raymond Dickey and family, and Christmas tree.

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 12/18/2014 - 9:04pm

  • Our Staff: 1924

    The Office

    132 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:04pm

  • The Dear Leader: 2008 (?)

    Toadlike Autocrats

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 3:05am

  • Tent City: 1905

    Travel & Vacation

    122 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/14/2015 - 4:36pm

  • Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

    TV

    Photos relating to television sets and television shows.

    71 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/27/2015 - 1:10pm

  • James Dawson: 1902

    Tyne & Wear

    Photographs from the Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums in England, including mug shots from the North Shields police department.

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 01/17/2012 - 12:41pm

  • Northward Ho (Colorized): 1905

    Very Old Ads

    13 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 8:06pm

  • Great Expectations: 1890

    Weddings

    28 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 11/06/2014 - 12:46am

  • Urban Onions: 1942

    WW2

    World War 2 photos documenting life on the home front, including defense plants manufacturing aircraft and armaments, and the railroads and trains that moved them to the Atlantic and Pacific coasts. Many large-format Kodachromes by Jack Delano and other photographers on assignment for the Office of War Information, as well as photos by Ansel Adams documenting Japanese-American internment camps along the West Coast.

    481 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 02/21/2015 - 4:07pm

  • Army Day: 1939

    WWI

    146 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 01/16/2015 - 5:59pm

  • Lincoln Blimp: 1930

    Zeppelins & Blimps

    35 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 10:20am

 
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