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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Photo galleries

  • Career Girl: 1955

    Prints

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

    9520 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:31pm

  • Career Girl: 1955

    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.

    5296 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:31pm

  • Ad Man West: 1954

    Featured Contributors

    Shorpy contributor galleries.

    360 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 04/19/2014 - 6:23pm

  • Trailer Life: 1950s

    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.

    4837 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/27/2014 - 12:08pm

  • The Fake: 1957

    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.

    406 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:16pm

  • Career Girl: 1955

    Photographers

    9341 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 2:31pm

  • Farmville: 1952

    Agriculture

    117 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:58pm

  • Watch the Birdie: 1930

    Animals

    612 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/12/2014 - 12:09pm

  • The Young Moderns: 1955

    Art & Design

    42 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/20/2011 - 1:26am

  • Hello Up There: 1929

    Astronomy

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 06/26/2013 - 12:51pm

  • Third Disaster: 1952

    Aviation

    240 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/22/2014 - 8:15pm

  • Before and After

    Before & After

    2 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/10/2011 - 12:15am

  • The Barber of Poughkeepsie: 1904

    Bicycles

    123 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:15pm

  • Porifera Aplenty: 1906

    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.

    610 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 2:03pm

  • The Three Basketeers: 1924

    Boy Scouts

    42 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 04/04/2014 - 8:59pm

  • That's Entertainment: 1927

    Camping

    55 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/12/2014 - 5:20pm

  • Post-Mortem: 1930

    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.

    1311 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 10/01/2014 - 12:22pm

  • Ruins of the Fire: 1865

    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.

    281 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 6:32pm

  • Dallas Noir (Colorized): 1942

    Colorized Photos

    Vintage colorized photos from Shorpy contributors.

    654 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/26/2014 - 11:01pm

  • 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 - 11:05pm

  • Proto Zamboni: 1917

    Curiosities

    109 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 06/24/2012 - 12:32am

  • Rocky Road: 1937

    Dust Bowl

    24 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:28pm

  • Cafeteria Cuisine: 1943

    Education

    172 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/08/2014 - 11:57am

  • 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 - 4:54am

  • 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 - 12:51pm

  • The Car Factory: 1911

    Factories

    218 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 09/28/2014 - 6:36pm

  • Off Course: 1942

    Farked

    69 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 01/06/2014 - 5:03pm

  • Apocalypse Then: 1906

    Fires, Floods etc.

    84 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 09/24/2014 - 1:22pm

  • 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 - 6:01pm

  • House Beautiful: 1959

    Florida

    190 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/30/2014 - 5:29pm

  • Blue Earth: 1952

    Found

    144 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/27/2014 - 2:16pm

  • 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 - 11:20am

  • West of Dodge: 1957

    Frontier Life

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 02/04/2014 - 3:59pm

  • Small Fry: 1944

    Gas Stations

    Filling stations from the 1910s and 1920s.

    127 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:14pm

  • 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 - 2:38pm

  • Jaunty Joe: 1923

    Handsome Rakes

    38 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 03/16/2014 - 1:54am

  • 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 - 6:09pm

  • Little Squirt: 1941

    Holidays

    321 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 07/07/2014 - 6:00am

  • Some Assembly Required: 1906

    Industry & Public Works

    39 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 06/10/2013 - 3:16am

  • Little Brother: 1916

    Kids

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

    1389 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:03pm

  • Kitchen Rapture: 1939

    Kitchens etc.

    182 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 09/21/2014 - 7:02pm

  • Syne of Ye Krazy Kat: 1921

    Krazy Kat Club

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/05/2012 - 6:48pm

  • Farmville: 1952

    Landscapes

    53 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/20/2014 - 3:58pm

  • Thurston the Great: 1915

    Magic & Spiritualism

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 11/28/2007 - 4:49pm

  • Baby Blasé: 1930

    Medicine

    134 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/30/2014 - 12:00pm

  • Company Town: 1937

    Mining

    126 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/26/2014 - 12:22pm

  • Fox News: 1919

    Motorcycles

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

    40 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 07/21/2014 - 12:40pm

  • Golden Girl: 1951

    Movies

    174 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/12/2014 - 7:55am

  • 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 - 12:43pm

  • Experimental Exit: 1936

    On the Road

    48 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/10/2014 - 2:03pm

  • The Dear Leader: 2008 (?)

    Painfully Obvious Photoshoppery

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 4:05am

  • Wrapped in the Flag: 1917

    Patriotic

    49 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/04/2014 - 12:01pm

  • Cigars Candy Kodaks: 1922

    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.

    31 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/07/2013 - 9:27pm

  • Avant-Garden: 1920

    Performing Arts

    204 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 08/25/2014 - 9:43pm

  • 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 - 3:26pm

  • The Texaco Troubadour: 1940

    Pie Town

    32 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2012 - 7:04am

  • Fancy Drainpipe: 1937

    Piscatorial Downspouts

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 08/30/2012 - 1:05pm

  • Inaugural Parade: 1917

    Politics

    62 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/01/2014 - 3:18pm

  • Little Brother: 1916

    Portraits

    311 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:03pm

  • The Commercial Vampire: 1898

    Posters

    31 photos in this gallery

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

  • Favorite Daughters: 1916

    Pretty Girls

    222 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/19/2014 - 12:20am

  • Joan Rivers: 1933-2014

    Public Figures

    72 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:25pm

  • Seven Speeds: 1921

    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.

    807 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 9:42am

  • Summer Internees: 1942

    Relocation Camps

    World War 2 Japanese-American relocation camps.

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/21/2012 - 10:34pm

  • Dining at the Dunes: 1939

    Restaurants

    Eateries, bars and pop stands.

    202 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/23/2014 - 8:23pm

  • Midnight Special: 1957

    Rural America

    241 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 10/28/2013 - 11:37am

  • Don't Mess With Texas

    S-A War

    Spanish-American War photos

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 07/24/2014 - 12:50pm

  • 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 - 9:31pm

  • Ashepoo P.O.: 1938

    Small Towns

    145 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:23am

  • The Fake: 1957

    Sports

    614 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 09/24/2014 - 6:16pm

  • Public Space: 1925

    Stores & Markets

    765 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/29/2014 - 10:38am

  • Second Shift: 1943

    Streetcars

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

    429 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/27/2014 - 9:03pm

  • Blue Earth: 1952

    Swimming

    281 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/27/2014 - 2:16pm

  • Compliments Pecos City Bakery: 1940

    Texas Mountain Trail

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/03/2009 - 2:18pm

  • 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 - 11:07pm

  • Rocky Road: 1937

    The Depression

    177 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/24/2014 - 10:28pm

  • The Home Front: 1918

    The Dickeys

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

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 12/16/2013 - 10:07pm

  • Back Issue: 1920

    The Office

    127 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 09/24/2014 - 8:02pm

  • The Dear Leader: 2008 (?)

    Toadlike Autocrats

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 11/04/2008 - 4:05am

  • Shepherd of the Hills: 1952

    Travel & Vacation

    121 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/09/2014 - 12:26pm

  • Joan Rivers: 1933-2014

    TV

    Photos relating to television sets and television shows.

    69 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 09/05/2014 - 2:25pm

  • 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 - 1:41pm

  • Northward Ho (Colorized): 1905

    Very Old Ads

    13 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 02/06/2011 - 9:06pm

  • September Bride: 1953

    Weddings

    27 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 11/20/2013 - 1:51pm

  • Second Shift: 1943

    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.

    472 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 09/27/2014 - 9:03pm

  • Mud and Guts: 1918

    WWI

    142 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 07/17/2014 - 10:27pm

  • Lincoln Blimp: 1930

    Zeppelins & Blimps

    35 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/17/2014 - 11:20am

 
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