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Shorpy Calling

Shorpy Calling

Shorpify your iPhone or iPod (and impress everyone else in the elevator) with some bling from our brand-new iPhone Wallpaper Gallery. Cost to you: nada.


I'd really like to see some more objects, less faces. I grabbed an image off of the site that had a trainyard with snow all over, with a great blue sky. I just might start to make my own iPhone wallpaper from Shorpy pics! Keep up the great work, I really really really appreciate your blog.

Simply beautiful!

Load on to Touch was slick and easy....and the selection is fantastic! Can't wait to see this library grow....great work, and thanx!!!!

Thank you!

Thank you! :)


Ahhh, iPod Touch sufficiently Shorpified. Nice work.

Thank you!

I love this set. Thank you!


A nice selection indeed. Thanks for the effort.

First good argument

Wow! This is the first good argument for a cellphone I've seen. A remaining problem is that it is many miles to the nearest elevator.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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