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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

  • Pee-Wee Playhouse: 1939

    The Gallery

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

    12292 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:14pm

  • Piper's Opera House: 1966

    Featured Contributors

    Shorpy contributor galleries.

    389 photos in this gallery

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

  • 8:04 at the Store

    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.

    5714 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 10:12am

  • Pee-Wee Playhouse: 1939

    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.

    7340 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:14pm

  • Helicopter Baby: 1954

    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.

    446 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 05/17/2018 - 3:55am

  • Pee-Wee Playhouse: 1939

    Photographers

    11991 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:14pm

  • Florida Skin: 1941

    Agriculture

    183 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 04/28/2018 - 1:23am

  • Cat Wedding: 1914

    Animals

    753 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 1:54pm

  • 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

  • The Aviatrix: 1939

    Aviation

    260 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:38pm

  • 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

  • Get Over It: 1904

    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.

    775 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 1:27pm

  • Instant Message: 1923

    Boy Scouts

    45 photos in this gallery

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

  • Patio Living: 1939

    Camping

    75 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/04/2018 - 8:49pm

  • Spirit, Life, Truth, Love: 1919

    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.

    2031 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/18/2018 - 11:21am

  • Bridge Road: 1913

    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.

    302 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 05/13/2018 - 9:19pm

  • Yer Out (Colorized): 1924

    Colorized Photos

    Vintage colorized photos from Shorpy contributors.

    924 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 05/21/2018 - 8:20pm

  • 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

  • Cimarron or Bust: 1939

    Curiosities

    109 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:32pm

  • The Peanut Gallery: 1939

    Dust Bowl

    31 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 03/27/2018 - 10:48am

  • Safety Patrol: 1959

    Education

    202 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 4:37pm

  • 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

  • Fledgling Fageols: 1918

    Factories

    261 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 05/03/2018 - 6:01pm

  • Off Course: 1942

    Farked

    69 photos in this gallery

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

  • Fireboat 44: 1905

    Fires, Floods etc.

    106 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/08/2018 - 6:58pm

  • 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

  • Bunny Huggers: 1950

    Found Photos

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

    228 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 03/31/2018 - 4:41pm

  • 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

  • Jackknife Saloon: 1939

    Frontier Life

    25 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 04/18/2018 - 9:43am

  • Railroad Avenue: 1925

    Gas Stations

    Filling stations from the 1910s and 1920s.

    170 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 8:05pm

  • 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

  • Easter in New York: 1904

    Holidays

    379 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 04/01/2018 - 1:23pm

  • Small Oil: 1939

    Industry & Public Works

    58 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 05/21/2018 - 6:48pm

  • Pee-Wee Playhouse: 1939

    Kids

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

    1731 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/22/2018 - 1:14pm

  • Tub Tots: 1939

    Kitchens etc.

    249 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/04/2018 - 5:28pm

  • Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

    Krazy Kat Club

    5 photos in this gallery

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

  • Irrigon Oregon: 1939

    Landscapes

    88 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 04/18/2018 - 3:53pm

  • Thurston the Great: 1915

    Magic & Spiritualism

    5 photos in this gallery

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

  • Minor Surgery: 1939

    Medicine

    170 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/04/2018 - 5:29pm

  • Top Drill: 1940

    Mining

    166 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 05/17/2018 - 4:47pm

  • 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

  • Tango Palace: 1949

    Movies

    208 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 04/14/2018 - 2:24pm

  • Industrial Robot: 1938

    On the Road

    55 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 3:53pm

  • Painfully Obvious Photoshoppery

    0 photos in this gallery

  • The Correct Salute: 1943

    Patriotic

    60 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:57am

  • 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

  • Radio City: 1932

    Performing Arts

    252 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 04/25/2018 - 3:30pm

  • 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

  • Bride & Gloom: 1910

    Portraits

    364 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 04/19/2018 - 2:32pm

  • The Commercial Vampire: 1898

    Posters

    31 photos in this gallery

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

  • Cimarron or Bust: 1939

    Pretty Girls

    297 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 05/21/2018 - 1:32pm

  • Executive Eclipse: 1925

    Public Figures

    79 photos in this gallery

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

  • Flatcar Follies: 1920

    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.

    1036 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 05/21/2018 - 11:40am

  • 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

  • Our Town: 1938

    Restaurants

    Eateries, bars and pop stands.

    270 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 10:56am

  • Hi-Way Tavern: 1939

    Rural America

    261 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 03/07/2018 - 11:02am

  • 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

  • Old New Ulm: 1899

    Small Towns

    206 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 03/30/2018 - 12:38pm

  • Yer Out: 1924

    Sports

    703 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 05/20/2018 - 9:33pm

  • Pharmacy Row: 1905

    Stores & Markets

    968 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 04/12/2018 - 6:27pm

  • Teddy the Tailor: 1910

    Streetcars

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

    539 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/12/2018 - 2:08pm

  • York Beach: 1906

    Swimming

    368 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/11/2018 - 8:06pm

  • 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

  • Patio Living: 1939

    The Depression

    198 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/04/2018 - 8:49pm

  • 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

  • Santa Fe Time: 1939

    The Office

    166 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:57pm

  • Toadlike Autocrats

    0 photos in this gallery

  • Truro Tourist: 1940

    Travel & Vacation

    125 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 1:25pm

  • Mary: 1963

    TV

    Photos relating to television sets and television shows.

    104 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/18/2018 - 7:19am

  • 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

  • Cat Wedding: 1914

    Weddings

    33 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 1:54pm

  • Keep Calm & Carry On: 1940

    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.

    571 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 05/16/2018 - 11:23am

  • Casa Siete: 1939

    WWI

    172 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 04/26/2018 - 11:37pm

  • Balloon Jockeys: 1942

    Zeppelins & Blimps

    38 photos in this gallery

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

 
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