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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Grandparents' Grocery: 1920

Grandparents' Grocery: 1920

My grandparents' grocery store at 8th and Winstanley Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois. That intersection and neighborhood is no longer on the map having been swept away by the Interstate highway. An unnamed employee is pictured behind the counter. The store has been rearranged since the 1914 picture seen here and now has a bunch of "fresh" bananas hanging from a hook. There are no notations on the back side of the 5" X 7" print. Short sleeves and the brown spotted bananas would suggest warm weather. View full size.

Best Time Machine

Pix of small busineses are just about the best additions to the time machine that is Shorpy.

Warm weather indeed

According to the 1920 calendar, only the month of May began on a Saturday and had 31 days

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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