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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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Made in the Shade: 1941

Made in the Shade: 1941

July 1941. Youngsters at the Fourth of July picnic in Vale, Oregon. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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Crying over comics

I start crying when I think of the many comic books that I sold or threw away years ago.

Adults hated them and couldn't get rid of them fast enough. Corrupting the youth of America!

Yep, it's "Samson"

James Lileks recently posted an unfortunately-drawn piece of cover art from the series. The hulking white girly-man in Spandex looks the same:

-- bloghwhoring @


What comic book are they reading?

Cotton Shirts

That's an unusual shawl-collar shirt. Both boys' shirts are probably 100% cotton and look like they have been ironed. Note the sharp creases on comic book boy's shirt.

Love those "white sidewall" haircuts!


I dunno, check out the comic book -- the big blond guy with long hair (Samson?) is wearing shorts.

The Forties....

....when no one wore shorts.

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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