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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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Mom and Me: 1956

Mom and Me: 1956

This is my first picture here at Shorpy. What a great place. This is not posed. It looks like a baby food ad, but my Dad caught us in a great moment. My beloved Mom and me in 1956 in our home in West Covina, California. We lived there until I was 9. Mom is still with us at age 83. View full size.

Desk Set: 1923

Desk Set: 1923

August 1923. "National Highways Association." Our second look behind the scenes at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of this lobbying organization. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Hawaiian Punch Restaurant: 1967

Hawaiian Punch Restaurant: 1967

This picture was taken in 1967 at the San Diego SeaWorld. That's my dad in the middle and his sisters on the sides. They don't look like they're dressed to get splashed by Shamu. This commenter left a nice description of what the Hawaiian Punch restaurant behind them was like. View full size.

The Forward Look: 1957

The Forward Look: 1957

In the Pace of Cultural Change department, here are some of my brother's friends on the Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo campus 53 years ago this month. Almost could have been taken today, you might be thinking.

Now, put yourself back in time to 1957 and imagine that you're looking at a photo shot 53 years previously to that, in 1904. Might the same thought occur to you?

35mm Ektachrome slide by my brother. View full size.

Play by Play: 1924

Play by Play: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Coleman's scoreboard invention." The scene behind the screen of the Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard. View full size.

 

Harris at Bat: 1924

Harris at Bat: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Coleman's scoreboard invention." The Coleman Lifelike Scoreboard, with "pictures that move and play the game," made its debut at the National Theater in 1913, evidently taking 11 years to reach the state of perfection seen here. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Tot Depot: 1927

Tot Depot: 1927

Washington, D.C. "Woodward & Lothrop Children's Dept., 1927." The latest in our series of vaguely unsettling retail displays. National Photo. 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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