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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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Well Wisher (Colorized): 1937

Well Wisher (Colorized): 1937

Colorized from this Shorpy original. A beautiful picture - I only colorized it. View full size.

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A door into another world...

You did a great job! The face doesn't match my dad's, but the mood of the picture (faded gray wood; well close to the house; and the landscape in the background landscape), invites the viewer into another life.

My dad died at 96 years old on Dec. 22 last year. This photo is similar to what the homestead in Colorado would have looked like during his early teens. (But they had no porch.) The Great Depression would have been in full force, and the dust-bowl edging closer to their county .

The US Army promised food and a chance at education, since the one-room school he attended went no further than 8th grade and there was no high school. After basic training, his unit was shipped off to Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. They seemed to think they needed antiaircraft gunners there--so he was there on Dec. 7, 1941. As it turned out, just finishing a weekend pass. He hurried back, arriving at what was left of his battery in time to fire a last shot or two.

I have a picture of him, in uniform, outside a troop train in somewhere between GA and CA, with the same look on his face this young man wears.

It's amazing how a photograph comes to life with colorization and pulls forth not only the story of the subject, but so many more....

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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