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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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Navy Nets Noir: 1942

Navy Nets Noir: 1942

July 1942. "U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland. Basketball player." One of almost 200 Office of War Information pictures of Naval Academy scenes taken by a photographer identified only as "Lieutenant Whitman." View full size.

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Macdonough Hall USNA

The setting is Macdonough Hall, twin of Dahlgren Hall, flanking Bancroft. McDonough housed the gymnasium and natatorium, you can spot gym equipment in the background in the photo.

One of the feats of our required gym class was to scramble up a rope to the top supporting beam up there in the blackness of this photo, including holding the rope with our feet and letting our hands go for a count by the grumpy gym coach. I always wondered what Sadist dreamed these things up.

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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