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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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Polka-Dot Tot: 1958

Polka-Dot Tot: 1958

October 1958, somewhere in Pennsylvania, getting ready for the big night! Our third slide from this batch of 35mm Kodachromes. View full size.

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I pointed out Polka-Dot Tot to my wife, indicating that October 1958 is when she was born, and she told me to forget about that and to notice, instead, that the pattern on the little-person rocking chair is identical to the pattern on our big-person rocking chair.

Scarred for life

He or She for having to wear that outfit, and me seeing it.


I don't know, there's something about a miniature Pagliacci wearing a Wonder Bread pattern and a Phantom of the Opera mask that chills me to the bone.

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I can't help but think of Wonder Bread!

Just Plain Cute

Ready for Trick or Treat. I can see Mom in the mirror, who probably took the picture next to the piano.

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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