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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 Jam (Colorized)

The Jam (Colorized)

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Flutist loves the bass

Thanks! I'm a musician, and I love the upright bass. If you ever meet a bass player, ask them about the age of their bass; you get the most interesting answers!

I would kill for that bass!

What a great photo, and a truly marvelous colorization! Most of the old plywood basses were made Kay Musical Instrument Company in Chicago. I was able to find a wonderful, beat-up 1939 model in Guthrie, Oklahoma a few years ago. Nothing beats 'em for "that sound" that's so important for jazz and bluegrass and rockabilly music. These gentlemen must be playing some hot tunes here! Bass players tend to be the "whacky" guys, as evidenced by this photo. Thanks for the inspiration, Shorpy!

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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