SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
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

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.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Birdhouse Boys: 1921

Birdhouse Boys: 1921

January 20, 1921. Washington, D.C. "American Forestry Association bird house contest." Back when ornithology was something a boy picked up on the streets. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

At Least One Is Cord

Zooming in shows that at least the boy second from the right is wearing corduroy. The one on the right may be, but either the resolution isn't high enough or he's wearing something like a velvet like material.

I like the bark birdhouse myself.

Before thermostats

The variable opening size radiator cover on the vehicle helps solve the possibility of boiling over when the air tempature rises after a cold morning start.

Creative yet rustic

Looking at the variety of birdhouses built by these boys shows an interesting mix of ideas but the one featured being held by the apparent "judge" is quite ingenious as it is obviously manufactured to bird specifications but is veneered in natural bark which would not only appeal to the birds but would blend right into the tree when in use. The boy sitting high up in the center (in the trench coat)seems to be having the best time, so maybe he feels he is gonna win. And are those velvet suits the two on the right are wearing? They don't look like corduroy. Seems like those wholesome and innocent days were long ago and far away.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.