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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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The Circus: 1948

The Circus: 1948

1948. "Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus." Color transparency for Look magazine by the future film director Stanley Kubrick, who manages to make this look like an avant-garde Coke ad. View full size.

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Graflite flash

Actually they only get around $80 for the flash handle for the Star Wars geeks. I have 2 of these plus 3 new in box that came with the Speed Graphic I bought off a photographer who retired.

Boys will be boys

And this is why boys always wanted to run off and join the circus!


Don't know where you found these Stanley Kubrick photos, they're terrific!
Everything about these shots are astounding!

Light saber

The flash gun in the upper left will draw up to $1000 or more today, for folks wanting to build a movie-authentic Star Wars light saber! Pull off the reflector, add a switch where the cable comes out, and glue on sections of windshield wiper blades(!) for grips, and you have an exact replica of Luke's weapon.

Lower Left Corner

Whose hands are those? Freddy Kreuger? Edward Scissorhands? The Creature From The Black Lagoon?

Pretty scary showdows!

[Only the Showdow knows. - Dave]

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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