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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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Safe at Home: 1924

Safe at Home: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "Dog catcher." Thwarted, at least for the moment, by jurisdictional issues. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

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I thought that dog catchers with big nets were just in cartoons.

Two things immediately struck me about this image...

First, the dark-colored house in the distance leads me to think that this was once a much more prosperous neighborhood than it was when this picture was taken.

Second, it was taken by National Photo, which means that someone actually paid money to have a professional go out and take this picture, and I've been puzzled what the object might have been. An advertising shot for the Acme Funny Net Company? Not as obvious, anyway, as the rockfish (Shorpy 8326) or the "?" sign (Shorpy 5537).

[The was one of 10 showing the dog catcher at work, half of which (so far) are on Shorpy. National Photo was primarily a news service whose photos appeared in the Washington Post, Washington Star, etc. - Dave]

Copping a Plea

In exchange for leniency, Spike and Rover drop the dime on that snooty poodle next door.

I'll Get You, My Pretties

... and your little girl Dorothy, too!

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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