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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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Paper Dolls: 1918

Paper Dolls: 1918

April 1918. "Five Mack Sennett girls provocatively posed amid serpentine confetti." Winners of the Shoscar® for Best Costume! Photo by Evans, L.A. View full size.

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Front and Centre

Troupe leader in the centre, white stockings and blingy headdress - but the one on the right steals the show for me.


Paper cut.

Company motto sugestion

"A leg up in the paper shredding business."

By order of the Fire Marshal

Absolutely no smoking or open fires are permitted backstage!

Provocatively Posed

Yeah, baby. Let those knees breathe!!!


For a well timed gust of wind.

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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