The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

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.

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Party Pooped: c. 1939

Party Pooped: c. 1939

Children asleep on a bed during a square dance in McIntosh County, Oklahoma. Photograph by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration Office of War Information, c. 1939. View full size.


How sweet

Reminds me of my kids. Worn out after a hard day's play. Realize that the oldest of these kids would now be about 75 years old, and have grandkids of their own.

Little mans' green fancy

Little man's green fancy pants make me smile.

Look at that girl!

Love the photo, especially the little girl with her eyes wide open. She is like I was: "I'm not sleepy!" I remember laying down with the coats when my parents took me to a party, and my kids doing the same when they were little.

By the way, "The Farm Security Administration Office of War Information"? Were they in charge of protecting farms in case of war? We weren't at war in 1939. And how would this picture help? Maybe Lee just thought the kids were cute.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.