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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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The Clay Menagerie: 1919

The Clay Menagerie: 1919

New York circa 1919. "Torpadie." The soprano Greta Torpadie and friends. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

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She looks like she has lots of it inside her face. That, and the bone structure, is necessary for good resonance magnification of the sound produced by the vocal cords. At least I think so. It has been almost three decades since the end of my short, but sweet, opera career.


I've always found it hard to imagine what a woman would look like when an author describes her as "almost pretty." I will now think of this lady. She's so close, but something's not quite right (besides her friends), and I honestly don't mean that in a mean way.


She does have Bette Davis eyes.


Really love her blouse. I want one.

Emile Gallé Faience Pets

These odd little animal figures were made in Nancy, France, by the factory of Emile Gallé, better known for its art glass and marquetry furniture, from about 1890 to 1910. Gallé's ceramics decorators were permitted considerable leeway in details on the individual models, but the heart pattern on the cat is the most familiar and pricey in today's auctions. Here are some similar figures of Gallé pugs and cats, nabbed from various collectibles sites online.

It's true

Pet owners start to look like their pets.

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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