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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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Boo-Hoo II

Boo-Hoo II

The mystery deepens. Another National Photo Company glass negative from 1920 of a kid carrying schoolbooks labeled "Boy Crying." View full size.

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They both look like stock photos for back to school ads.


This was America's lesser-known answer to Mexico's supernatural character "The Crying Woman" (La Llorona). Obviously, this was not as successful as the south-of-the-border inspiration.

"How do I get to the Susquehanna Hat Company?"


You read my mind...except for the "lacrimopedaphotography" part.


this photog had a fetish, one not cataloged in annals of fetish-land-lacrimopedaphotography

it's the manicure

I thinks he's upset because he smudged the polish on his back-to-school manicure

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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