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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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Faces in the News: 1941

Faces in the News: 1941

October 1941. "Manikins in store window. Amsterdam, New York." Faces in the News, and vice versa. Medium-format negative by John Collier. View full size.


Stick figures

Window display by Genghis Khan.

Off with their heads!

Looks like the window dresser found inspiration in engravings from the French Revolution.

Kinda Creepy

But y'know, after looking just a little longer I can see some great artistry in the eye rendering. Kind of grew on me.

A Head of their time

Back around the early 1970's some very fine artists around the country were incorporating into their gallery oil paintings snippets of actual newspaper articles, comics, photos, headlines, etc. in what was then considered modern art. It is news to me that this was being done 30 years earlier.

That's Using Your Head

Another window display designed by Jack the Ripper.

Wow, Grisly!

I suspect the window dresser didn't have a very long career.

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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