SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content

Join our mailing list (enter email):

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

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.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Gorham: The Sequel

Gorham: The Sequel

Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1906. "Gorham Manufacturing Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Track Gang

The fellow in the foreground is more likely a member of a track gang. The other two members are further ahead on the opposite track. He was known as a track walker. His job was to walk along the tracks and inspect them. He is carrying a spiking sledgehammer. This had a sledge head on one side and a spike pulling claw on the other. As he walks along, if he sees a spike lifting up from the tie plate. He uses the sledge to tap it back down. A hobo wouldn't risk walking down the center of the gauge with railroad employees nearby.

My Gosh!

Hobo complete with bindle!

Together again

The panorama.

To tell a cautionary tale

Does everybody know what the contraption hanging over the middle track is? It was known as a "telltale," and would warn any trainman walking on top of a train from front to rear that a bridge or other low clearance point was ahead, and coming up behind them. Upon being brushed by the hanging ropes, an employee would immediately lie down until it was safe to stand up again.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.