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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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  • Jackson Square: 1905

    The Gallery

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

    12079 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:40pm

  • Piper's Opera House: 1966

    Featured Contributors

    Shorpy contributor galleries.

    389 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/12/2018 - 5:06pm

  • Economy Run: 1962

    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.

    5665 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 02/17/2018 - 12:32pm

  • Jackson Square: 1905

    Places

    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.

    7224 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:40pm

  • Disney Dodge: 1956

    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.

    439 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/07/2018 - 11:48pm

  • Jackson Square: 1905

    Photographers

    11778 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 8:40pm

  • A Billion Beets: 1939

    Agriculture

    174 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/31/2018 - 6:30pm

  • Green Acres: 1937

    Animals

    739 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:57pm

  • The Young Moderns: 1955

    Art & Design

    42 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/19/2011 - 11:26pm

  • Hello Up There: 1929

    Astronomy

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 06/26/2013 - 10:51am

  • Pajama Squadron: 1942

    Aviation

    258 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 09/27/2017 - 8:41pm

  • Before and After

    Before & After

    2 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:15pm

  • Sixteenth at California: 1908

    Bicycles

    183 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/15/2018 - 11:48am

  • Luncheon of the Boating Party

    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.

    762 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/06/2018 - 10:02am

  • Instant Message: 1923

    Boy Scouts

    45 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 05/07/2017 - 10:27am

  • The Lonesome Cowboy: 1939

    Camping

    70 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 10/23/2017 - 5:40am

  • The Light Refreshment: 1957

    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.

    2001 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:08pm

  • Sons of Charleston: 1900

    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.

    300 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/13/2017 - 7:25pm

  • Textbook Example (Colorized): 1940

    Colorized Photos

    Vintage colorized photos from Shorpy contributors.

    913 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/02/2018 - 8:42pm

  • 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 - 9:05pm

  • Proto Zamboni: 1917

    Curiosities

    108 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 06/23/2012 - 10:32pm

  • Following the Harvest: 1939

    Dust Bowl

    29 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 06/18/2017 - 2:06pm

  • No More Pencils: 1940

    Education

    200 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 02/10/2018 - 2:40pm

  • 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 - 2:54am

  • Plush Life: 1956

    Elvis 1956

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

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/26/2016 - 1:36pm

  • A Billion Beets: 1939

    Factories

    256 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/31/2018 - 6:30pm

  • Off Course: 1942

    Farked

    69 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 01/06/2014 - 3:03pm

  • Smoke and Wreckage: 1939

    Fires, Floods etc.

    104 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 10/05/2017 - 7:20pm

  • Snow Delay: 1905

    Flatiron Building

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

    21 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 01/24/2016 - 10:26am

  • Hello Holly: 1952

    Found Photos

    Slides, mostly Kodachromes, snagged on eBay. Plus the odd Ektachrome, Anscochrome or black-and-white snapshot.

    223 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 12/25/2017 - 11:59am

  • 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 - 9:20am

  • Piper's Opera House: 1940

    Frontier Life

    22 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:21pm

  • Intermountain Express: 1940

    Gas Stations

    Filling stations from the 1910s and 1920s.

    165 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:11am

  • Capitalist Tools: 1901

    Glazier Stove Works

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

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 03/05/2017 - 9:02pm

  • Rake's Progress: 1941

    Handsome Rakes

    44 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:30am

  • 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 - 4:09pm

  • Spook Hill: 1940

    Holidays

    376 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:35pm

  • Shasta Dam: 1942

    Industry & Public Works

    56 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 12/04/2017 - 7:51pm

  • Green Acres: 1937

    Kids

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

    1698 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 12:57pm

  • The Lumberjack Way: 1937

    Kitchens etc.

    244 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/22/2018 - 4:13pm

  • Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

    Krazy Kat Club

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/05/2012 - 4:48pm

  • Wasatch Range: 1940

    Landscapes

    85 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/18/2018 - 1:23pm

  • Thurston the Great: 1915

    Magic & Spiritualism

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 11/28/2007 - 2:49pm

  • The Sting: 1941

    Medicine

    168 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 11/04/2017 - 7:35pm

  • Slagpile Sluggers: 1940

    Mining

    162 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/09/2018 - 12:08am

  • X-Ray: 1914

    Motorcycles

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

    53 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 12/07/2017 - 11:41am

  • The Light Refreshment: 1957

    Movies

    204 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/21/2018 - 6:08pm

  • Near Newark: 1939

    On the Road

    52 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 11/29/2017 - 11:13pm

  • Painfully Obvious Photoshoppery

    0 photos in this gallery

  • A Banner Day: 1911

    Patriotic

    59 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 01/23/2018 - 10:12pm

  • Thompson Branch: 1920

    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.

    37 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/29/2016 - 12:10pm

  • Piper's Opera House: 1940

    Performing Arts

    250 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/12/2018 - 1:21pm

  • 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 - 1:26pm

  • Fancy Drainpipe: 1937

    Piscatorial Downspouts

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 08/30/2012 - 11:05am

  • The Capitol: 1921

    Politics

    77 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 05/03/2017 - 9:25am

  • Miss Valentine: 1900

    Portraits

    363 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:17pm

  • The Commercial Vampire: 1898

    Posters

    31 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 11/01/2013 - 9:33am

  • Miss Valentine: 1900

    Pretty Girls

    294 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:17pm

  • Executive Eclipse: 1925

    Public Figures

    79 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:07am

  • Elko Depot: 1940

    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.

    1008 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:01am

  • Good for Life: 1942

    Relocation Camps

    World War 2 Japanese-American relocation camps.

    20 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 03/23/2016 - 1:21pm

  • Perfect Eats: 1942

    Restaurants

    Eateries, bars and pop stands.

    265 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:08am

  • The Apprentice: 1939

    Rural America

    259 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 01/23/2018 - 9:56pm

  • Spanish Gallons: 1907

    S-A War

    Spanish-American War photos

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 10/02/2014 - 2:34pm

  • Howdy Duty: 1953

    Scary Clowns

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

    10 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/12/2017 - 8:05am

  • Sliding Home: 1955

    Signal 30

    Newspaper photos of 1950s car wrecks, generally around Oakland, California. 4x5 inch Kodak negatives.

    45 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 02/18/2016 - 9:19pm

  • Elko Depot: 1940

    Small Towns

    196 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/20/2018 - 11:01am

  • High School Big Shots: 1940

    Sports

    696 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/11/2018 - 2:30pm

  • New Hampshire Hotel: 1905

    Stores & Markets

    954 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/13/2018 - 10:45pm

  • Bankers' Row: 1905

    Streetcars

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

    532 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/14/2018 - 12:37pm

  • Michigan Plungers: 1910

    Swimming

    362 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 01/21/2018 - 5:51pm

  • Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

    Texas Mountain Trail

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/03/2009 - 12:18pm

  • 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 - 9:07pm

  • In the Cotton: 1935

    The Depression

    193 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 10/18/2017 - 11:28pm

  • A Dickey Christmas: 1923

    The Dickeys

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

    10 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 12/22/2017 - 7:18am

  • Office Xmas Party: 1925

    The Office

    165 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 12/19/2017 - 9:16am

  • Toadlike Autocrats

    0 photos in this gallery

  • Vacation Wagon: 1964

    Travel & Vacation

    124 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:16pm

  • TV Wife: 1963

    TV

    Photos relating to television sets and television shows.

    102 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 12/29/2017 - 4:21pm

  • 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 - 11:41am

  • Northward Ho (Colorized): 1905

    Very Old Ads

    13 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 7:06pm

  • Bride Zilla: 1924

    Weddings

    32 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:28pm

  • Iron Maidens: 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.

    567 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:09am

  • Masques de Guerre: 1918

    WWI

    170 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:56pm

  • Balloon Jockeys: 1942

    Zeppelins & Blimps

    38 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 10/29/2016 - 12:16am

 
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