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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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Get Busy: 1942

Get Busy: 1942

December 1942. "Armed guard at a copper smelter of the Phelps-Dodge Mining Company at Morenci, Arizona. This plant is supplying great quantities of the copper so vital in our war effort." Oh, and: Merry Christmas! Photo by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.

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The Power of Mining

Having researched the history of Bisbee, the Southern Arizona mining town where I live, this image comes as no surprise. Up until the late 1950s, companies like Phelps Dodge pretty much ran this territory and did not take kindly to any interlopers or troublemakers. One good example would be the 1917 Bisbee Deportation, where scores of socialist mine workers (unionists) were herded into boxcars at gunpoint, shipped out of town and dumped in the New Mexico desert.

[Bisbee! Cafe Roka! Will you adopt me? - Dave]

When I Say No Loafing

I mean it!

I'd be willing to bet there aren't any copper thieves hanging around, either!

Armed Guard?

I thought it was just another James Arness photo.


No awkwardly long barrel for this guy; he'll let 'em get in close, and then he'll let 'em have it.

SHORPY OLD 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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