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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Wash Ave: 1905

Wash Ave: 1905

Newport News, Virginia, circa 1905. "Washington Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Dogs and Sailors

My late father served in the Navy during WW2 and the Korean war and one of his many stories he told me was about the signs that some of the businesses posted in Newport News saying "Dogs and Sailors Keep Off the Grass."

Apparently at the beginning of the war, some of our seaports weren't exactly enamored of our sailors and their interaction with the local young ladies.

Spanky!

There he is waiting for the gang to join up in the middle of the photo.

In today's world, one would never think of letting kids out alone at that young of an age. Back then, everyone was your parent, and watched out for you.

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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