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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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A Little Game: 1897

A Little Game: 1897

Circa 1897 aboard the U.S.S. Brooklyn. "Evening amusements. A little game." 8x10 glass negative by Edward Hart, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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Somethings never change

While on the USS Juneau as a Marine, our platoon had an around the clock spades game going on the entire time we were at sea. If it was your turn to play at night, the firewatch would wake you up. There were some good players that would end up purposefully losing in order to get some sleep.

Armored Cruiser Brooklyn

A veteran of The Spanish American war.


Surely not, with that kind of close scrutiny & cramped living quarters!

A question I mustache

Do you have to have one to be dealt a hand in this game?

What a fascinating picture

The expressions on the faces of the players and the audience are something to behold. Like the neatly trimmed mustaches as well.

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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