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
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FRENCH BICYCLE GODDESS, c. 1898

Bedford in Winter: c.1957

Bedford in Winter: c.1957

Bedford, Quebec in the grip of winter, circa 1957. This is looking down Victory Blvd., with Bedford High School at the head of the street, where I attended from Grade 1 to Grade 5. As is apparent from this picture, there was lots of snow in late 50s Quebec Eastern Townships winters. View full size.

Not all was idyllic in the 50s

Just so that people don't get the idea that everything was golden in small-town 1950s, I remember one particular Grade 2 art class at Bedford High School in 1957. The teacher passed out small paper bags of a fine grey powder that we mixed with water to make items like ash trays - the powder was asbestos.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | 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.