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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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Coney Island Bathers: 1905

Coney Island Bathers: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Surf bathing at Coney Island." The latest in revealing swimwear! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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The mustachioed gentleman in the hat hopes to impress the lad with tales of the wild west.

The more things change

The more things change the more they stay the same. Until last year I always kind of sneered and made fun of the beach goers who just stand ankle deep in water with sour faces like its torture, as if modern people never do this, we're too busy having a crazy fun time splashing around and being wild, but then on my last trip to the beach I looked around and saw a bunch of these same sour faces. Ha ha.

High Fashion

Attention, girls! All these spiffy designs are now available at your local Victorian's Secret!

There Will Be Surf

Daniel Plainview and HW enjoying some time off from drinking milkshakes.

Extreme Left Margin

I believe Detroit Publishing captured an undiscovered photo of Ed Grimley as a boy vacationing at Coney Island.

Folded arms

I get the impression it's cold outside, or they just don't like having their picture taken.

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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