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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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Daughters of the Empire

Daughters of the Empire

This photo was taken in the early 1950s in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire was the gathering, and the ladies are wearing their best outfits. My maternal grandmother, Edith Wilson, is seated third from the left in the front row (wearing glasses). She was also involved in the Orphan's Fund in that city, and this may have been a fund raiser for that group. Both maternal grandparents lived to 94. You can read more about the IODE here. View full size.

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My sister was delighted and honored to receive an IODE college scholarship early in her university career, but I always found the redundancy in their name unendurable: Imperial and Empire are the basically the same word.

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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