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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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The Loaves of Summer: 1923

The Loaves of Summer: 1923

Summer 1923. Vicinity of Washington, D.C. "Boys carrying loaves of bread from wagons near beach." View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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Kind of painterly, reminds me of something by Bruegel the Elder. And yes, shallow focus, low depth of field, wide aperture. Shooting in high-contrast dappled shade under trees is extremely hard for correct exposure. This one's very successful.

Déjeuner sur la plage

I love the depth of focus in the picture- or is it shallow focus? The busy scene of bathers is a soft blur as backdrop, and the lighted, sharp focus of the boys are a nice visual effect. Lightly 3D to my eyes. Nicely composed scene.

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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