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From new Shorpy member Paola:
I discovered today your website and I in the past two hours I have been looking at it. It's an amazing site. I recognize many pictures from the wonderful collection of Library of Congress. I was sick at home this weekend and I spent all my time losing myself in the library Print and Photography website. The collection is huge and your website for me is like a travel guide.
I am Italian, I live in Milano. I graduated in Bologna University in art history. I am journalist and my current work is photo editor of Geo magazine.
Thank you Shorpy for your work and keep on.
Best wishes. Paola
Grazie, Paola! Hope you are feeling better soon.