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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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Sisters of the Sun: 1929

Sisters of the Sun: 1929

Circa 1929. "Unidentified women, possibly Elizabeth Duncan dancers." The gauzy harbingers of Spring. 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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I wonder if the captioner meant Isadora Duncan dancers. Isadora died in 1927, but her spirit still flits across the landscape.

[Elizabeth Duncan was a dance instructor and Isadora's older sister. -tterrace]


If only we could hear the music they are hearing.

Middle Is Mostest

Well, I'm a senior citizen but too young to have met the lady in the middle. But in 1965 as a teen Marine, Great Uncle Ed told me that there were beautiful women in his day and some of them were even born in the 19th century.


These may be the Sirens from "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" practicing up for their next victims.

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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