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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Viola's Valentine: 1924

Viola's Valentine: 1924

February 1924. "Miss Viola Hudson, the WCAP 'Valentine Girl,' who on St. Valentine night broadcast a greeting to radio fans." Regarded by many historians as the beginning of Fox News. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 
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LOL -- Fox News -- LOL

That is a GREAT caption, Mr. Shorpy!

Tonal range

Subject and setting aside, the tonal range achieved by the photographer (and scanner) is top notch. Deep blacks, all middle gray shades and a perfect rendering of the poor ermine. Not easily achieved even with today's digital technology.

[Click here to see the pre-Photoshop version of Viola and her arctic fox. - Dave]

Fashion fun!

My grandmother came of age during this time and she had many of these tail-biting animals. My cousins and I had a lot of fun attaching those spring-loaded jaws to each other as in critter-attack mode. Fun memories!

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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