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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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Birmingham: 1936

Birmingham: 1936

March 1936. Workers' company houses and outhouses. Republic Steel, Birmingham, Alabama. Photograph by Walker Evans. View full size.

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Square top houses

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Nice hips...

In construction vernacular, those square top houses would have what we call a hip roof. Sometimes called a hipped roof, as well. No ridge, all hips.

Birmingham "square top" houses

There are still some of these square top houses out in Titusville, near the old gravel quarry that's been converted into an artist colony.

Birmingham "square top" house

A classic view of a Birmingham District company town with the typical "square top" houses. Thanks for creating this photoblog!

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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