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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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Sashed: 1921

Sashed: 1921

1921. Inter-City Beauties Ethel Charles, Nellie Orr and Margaret Gorman at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Margaret would be crowned winner at the very first Miss America pageant. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Miss Illegible: 1921

Miss Illegible: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Nellie [Illegible], Miss Philadelphia." Perhaps someone out there can put a last name to this winsome face. View full size.

 

Cheers: 1937

Cheers: 1937

September 1937. Craigville, Minnesota. "Saturday night in a saloon." Medium format negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Termite Motel: 1937

Termite Motel: 1937

August 1937. "Old house in Tower, Minnesota, former prosperous lumber town." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA. View full size.

 

Dishpan Hans: 1937

Dishpan Hans: 1937

September 1937. Effie, Minnesota. "Washing dishes in lumber camp." Medium format negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Really Big Shoe: 1905

A Really Big Shoe: 1905

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1905. "Chateau-Alfonse and Old Shoe, Luna Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Trainville: 1929

Trainville: 1929

August 5, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Miniature RR of John N. Swartzell." Our fourth look at the Swartzell rail empire. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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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