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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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Call Me Bossy: 1936

Call Me Bossy: 1936

April 1936. "Ropesville Farms, Texas. United States Resettlement Administration rural rehabilitation project." Moooo. Photo by Arthur Rothstein. View full size.

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Bossy, hey Bossy

My grandfather born 1892, a South Dakota farmer on the homestead, would call the cows home at night from pasture for feed 'hey bossy bossy, hey bossy bossy'. And they'd come trotting back to the barn.

Thanks for bringing back the memory Shorpy.

I'd call her....


Beautiful Cow!

When I was growing up, I spent summers on our family farm and my uncle (five years older than I) had a cow who looked just like that; her name was Gail and she won many awards in 4H and FFA. Such a benign animal, unlike the geese and guinea fowl also on the farm.

Here she is in the front yard of the Page farm in Callahan, Florida; the year is probably 1958. She's on the far left of the photo.


SHORPY OLD 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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