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

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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

Bergen tunnel (Colorized)

Bergen tunnel (Colorized)

1900 New Jersey. View full size.

Special Train Car

These colorized photos are simply amazing. If I can read the sign on this railroad car correctly, it says Detroit Photographic Company, the company which produced so many of these high-quality photos in black-and-white.

So, it appears to me this might be the railroad car the DPC used to hold cameras and developing equipments, and probably a darkroom or two to develop film and make prints.

Can you imagine moving that railroad car from town to town, taking these pictures? Maybe half of the car was a sleeper section, so the two or three people had a place to sleep while they worked?

Any ideas? (Boy, I'd love that job today...)

[It is the Detroit Photographic Special. See here and here. - tterrace]

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. 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 | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.