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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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Osage Spot: 1938

Osage Spot: 1938

September 1938. "Storefront in mining town of Osage, West Virginia." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

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That thing

It looks like Grumpy Cat's precursor - "Melancholy Cat"

Changing Times

It is interesting to see how messaging for Camels once emphasized their agreement with a female smoker. I once saw an advertisement from this same era for that bastion of western masculinity, Marlboro. A woman provocatively held one of their cigarettes with the brown paper around the filter - the caption read, "Ivory tips protect my lips."

Another view of the Osage Spot

1942. Busy place!

Now The ORANGE Spot

What the heck

Is that thing in the window? A dog, cat, alien? Whatever it is, I wonder if it's name is Spot.

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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