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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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Caught Napping: 1942

Caught Napping: 1942

February 1942. "Midday nap at FSA camp nursery school in Harlingen, Texas." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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The Difference Between Children and Adults

Ask a child if they want a nap and they will immediately shout, "No! Naps are for babies!" Ask an adult if they'd like a nap and they are likely to say, "Really? Could I? Will you keep an eye on everything while I sneak away in the middle of the day? Gee, Thanks!"

But I'm not tired.

Two of these live wires will have none of this "nap" business. Not one of my four kids ever napped and unless they were sick, it was impossible to get them to sleep in the daytime. As adults in their forties now, finding time to sleep is a luxury and they all seem sleep-deprived. I, on the other hand, can fall asleep at a moment's notice, while reading the paper or watching TV which leads me to believe that old people probably get the most sleep.

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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