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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

Living Room Still-Life: 1962

Living Room Still-Life: 1962

My mother, watching TV in our living room. Taken with a c.1935 Kodak Junior Six-16 we happened to have sitting around the house. At the time I was chafing at the restrictions of the simple cameras I'd been using, specifically the inability to do long exposures in low-light situations. In addition to the "T" time exposure setting, the Six-16, like many older cameras, also had a "B" (for "Bulb") setting for use with flash; the shutter would stay open for as long as you held the release button down. While it was down, you set off your flash bulb. View full size.

Bus Baby: 1943

Bus Baby: 1943

September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, and the terminals." Medium-format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Greaseball: 1943

Greaseball: 1943

October 1943. Frederick, Maryland. "Greaseball, a mascot at the Stevens Airport." Photo by Esther Bubley, Office of War Information. View full size.

 

In My Room: 1943

In My Room: 1943

January 1943. Washington, D.C., war workers at home. "A radio is company for this girl in her boardinghouse room." Medium-format nitrate negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Radio Days: 1938

Radio Days: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Dancing class, WRC studio." Smile for the microphone, girls. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Greyhound: 1938

Greyhound: 1938

Washington, D.C., circa 1938. "Greyhound bus." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size. Compare and contrast with this Greyhound.

 

People's Drug No. 10: 1921

People's Drug No. 10: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "People's Drug Store, 18th & Columbia Road. Soda fountain." An interior view of the store (now a McDonald's) seen earlier here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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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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