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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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Tex-Mex: 1939

Tex-Mex: 1939

February 1939. Robstown, Texas. Mexican boy playing guitar in room of corral. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

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10 Years of Shorpy

I lurked around this site for a couple months before "joining" ten years ago this week. My first comment came a couple months later, as evidenced here.

You'd think a decade of clicking through old photos would result in a rueful accounting of wasted time, but I count the hours spent rummaging through this glorious archive as an investment in our collective history. The photos are curated with technical expertise, humor, and a sly topicality. The comments are often insightful and witty and the disagreements are usually settled with civility and thoughtfulness.

I'm happy to be a citizen of this community and offer thanks to Team Shorpy for their efforts and persistence.

Here's to ten more years!

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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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