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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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Laptop Recharge: 1941

Laptop Recharge: 1941

July 1941. "Mother and child. Alley dwelling area. Washington, D.C." Happy Mother's Day from Shorpy! Photo by Edwin Rosskam. View full size.

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Where are your jewels?

This sweet photo reminds me of the story of the wealthy woman walking past a poor woman standing with her children.
The wealthy woman, all dressed in fine furs and diamonds turns and asks the mother, "Where are your jewels". The Mom turns to her children...hugging them with her arms and says, "Why, These are my jewels".


This is a beautiful photo for Mother's Day! Thanks, Shorpy.


I love mom's floral print dress with rickrack trim.

Do the math

That little kid is around 72 years old now.

Precious Moments

That's about the most precious thing I've ever seen.

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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