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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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Deluxe Apartment: 1942

Deluxe Apartment: 1942

New York, 1942. Another of Albert Fenn's photos recording the family life of musician Eddie South. The Shorpy Research Department believes this to be his first wife, the former Kathryn Crum, crocheting a bedspread. View full size.

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Metal or cloth

Is that artwork over the bed made of stamped metal or stitched silk? In the early 1960s in eighth grade shop class we were taught to make images out of colored aluminum and copper sheets which we turned into pictures with punches, awls and hammers. Felt like I was creating a new type of artwork, although my mother didn't seem to think so, as she put it in a drawer instead of hanging it on the wall.


To know more about that neat picture above the bed. Interesting style.


As one who has crocheted quite a few bedspreads myself, Ic an say that's an impressively complex pattern (probably made by connecting individual "granny squares", however) -- and perhaps taking advantage of the durable, machine washable Orlon yarn that was introduced by DuPont the year before --nowadays a standard of trailer-park-kitsch decor under its generic equivalent name of acrylic.

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