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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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Indy 500 Traffic Jam: 1955

Indy 500 Traffic Jam: 1955

My grandparents sitting on 16th Street (literally) in Speedway, Indiana a full two days before the running of the 1955 Indianapolis 500 waiting to get in. The car? A 1941 Oldsmobile. The photo isn't the best but conveys how big the event really was. Quite possibly my dad might have taken the pic from standing atop another car. In those days there was no such things as "crumple zones"! View full size.

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Indy 500 Jam

The car to the right of the '41 Olds is a '48-49 Hudson.
The cars to the left are 1951 Mercury with fender skirts:)
ahead of that appears to be a '46-47 Olds.
I know the excitement of waiting to get into a race, tailgating with no tailgates. Cool!

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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