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

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content

Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

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.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Tourist Class: 1906

Tourist Class: 1906

"Unloading cattle from ocean steamer Julia." Traveling steerage circa 1906. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Back somersault?

When I first saw this photo in the thumbnail view, I thought it was a steer doing a back somersault off the side of a ship. Imagine my disappointment when I went to the full size view.


I suppose it really doesn't matter what a fine specimen of an animal this might be if it's destined for the abattoir - nor the means in which it gets there. We are such cold and unfeeling beings at times.

High Tech Ranching

I sure am glad that livestock survived the industrial revolution and they gave up the more efficient way of handling them!

Hemp candycane

What was the reason for the piece of thick rope hanging off the rail just to the cow's left?


This picture wounds my heart.

So inclined

I changed my mind, I want to use the ramp!

Now that's a well hung bull

Sorry, I couldn't think of anything better to say than that.

Sailing Steer's Song

Your love is lifting me higher and higher, than I've ever been lifted before.


What would PETA do?

That certainly looks uncomfortable, I wonder if they broke many necks with that rigging?


Is it possible to get a close up of the fellow on the deck to the right of the cow? He has a panama hat and moustache, an arm akimbo. I'm thinking he is a classic image from that period. Maybe he's Akimbo Tamoroff of Havana.

Jurassic Park Remembered

Makes me wonder a lot how they lower the cattle without horns.


Hanging by the horns? That's just wrong!


Well, there's a graphic example of "Taking the bull by the horns." I would think one might have to be brave and possibly a bit nuts to be around that bull once the rigging comes off of those horns! Operative word should be "RUN!" Great photo.

Maybe, just maybe

they are trying to turn the bovine into a giraffe

Bovine Necktie Party

Yup, there’s more than a few meatpacking borons in Chicago who would like to have seen Upton Sinclair in the same position.

["Borons"? - Dave]

Ops, didn’t have coffee yet before commenting. I should know better.

["Ops"? - Dave]

The dog ate my homework?

I wonder if Bessie

was offered a cardboard framed copy of this photo in the lobby.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.