SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
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6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
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About the Photos

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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Good comments, generally speaking, are brief and to the point, of interest to Shorpy visitors, and are about the photograph that is the subject of the post. Although it's hard to generalize much about good comments, we can say specifically what makes a comment likely to be deleted:

  • Big huge text blocks copied from other sites. Please use a link instead. And in the case of Wikipedia, you probably don't even need a link. People know how to do a Wikipedia (Google, Yahoo, etc.) search. Mini encyclopedia articles with lots of links to various sites -- not really what we want either.
  • Comments full of emoticons :( and excess punctuation. (!!!!) Which would include those ultra-annoying comments that .... for whatever mysterious reason .... use ellipses instead of periods ....
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  • Comments that belabor the obvious or repeat information from a previous comment.
  • Annoying comments. Which are often attempts to "correct" a previous commenter.
  • Comments that call men "gentlemen." A middlebrow affectation that's one of your webmaster's many pet peeves.
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  • Comments where "Title of your comment" is not filled in. Which means extra work for the webmaster.
  • Do you not know the difference between "were" and "where"? (Sigh.)
  • Or the difference between its and it's? (It's = it is or it has: It's a nice day; it's been fun. For all other uses (the possessive pronoun) it's "its": The car lost its wheel. And while we're at it, the plural of "photo" is photos, not photo's.
  • Too many comments. There are 20 spots in the "Recent Comments" list. Please don't push everyone else off the homepage by posting 10 comments at once.
  • Comments that break the layout of the page, either with huge long URLs or pictures too wide for the Comments box. Long URLs can be embedded in your comments with HTML tags, or made shorter with a service like tinyurl. Images should not be wider than 490 pixels. You can use width="490" in an img tag to make oversize pictures fit. In any case please use the "Preview" button when submitting a comment to make sure your post will not break the page.
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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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