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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

Serious Fun: 1942

Serious Fun: 1942

July 1942. Klamath Falls, Oregon. "At the sideshow of the circus." Step right up, folks, and SEE the pop-eyed girl! For a paltry dime, BEHOLD the Serious Boy! Photo by Russell Lee for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 
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Respectably Dressed Folks

As in so many of old photos, people are neatly dressed with freshly ironed clothes. You can see the creases on the girl's blouse; it was ironed, folded and put in a drawer to come out for occasions such as this. The young man has on dress pants and also a freshly pressed shirt. The older couple behind them are the same. Anything to do with fairgrounds from the 1940s always seem ominous to me; they all look like a scene from Hitchcock's Strangers on a Train.

And For a MERE Three-cents More

you can shake the hand of the perpetual sleeping man directly behind them.

 
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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