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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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Large British Gentlemen

Large British Gentlemen

Taken in 1898 in Slough, England. My mother gave me this picture years ago; my great-great-(great?)-uncle is the big guy second from the left (H. Atkins). She said that at the time, they were the heaviest men in England. I found the original picture on the web, confirming the name and location. View full size.

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Runt of the litter

I am not even English but somehow I feel a kinship with the guys in the front row (except for the middle one). Apparently British cooking must have been better than advertised. Stay calm and carry on.

Front row rules

To sit in the front row you must (except for contrast man in the middle): be extremely overweight, have facial hair, wear a tall hat with a brim and several layers of clothing, smoke, and hold a stick or double-barrelled shotgun. Oh yes, if you can't bear to be apart from your beverage for the duration of the photo-shoot, that's okay.

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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