SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
Join and Share

Social Shorpy

Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:


Member Photos

Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

Colorized Photos

Colorized photos submitted by members.

About the Photos

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.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Watching the Baby: 1939

Watching the Baby: 1939

June 1939. "Girl of migrant family camped near Spiro. Sequoyah County, Oklahoma." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5


I think we need to coin a phrase for these visual versions of mondegreens (or misheard lyrics.)


That baby blends in! Even when I finally noticed it, I thought it was a doll.

Two Kids

This is so very sad. But at least they are not forgotten. I'm sure they never imagined they would gain immortality on something as ephemeral as the Internet.

The Cockeyed Kid

Riiight. If you ignore what makes her so very creepy, she's totally not-creepy.

Not creepy...

She just has a crooked lazy eye. If you ignore it you'll notice she even has a hint of a smile on her face.

I think she just looks like an average little girl babysitting her little brother who is napping in the shade of a tree on a warm sunny day.

The blankie on the little boy is quite threadbare, but I'm guessing it's only there to keep the flies off him while he sleeps.


This picture is all kinds of sad. I wonder why the older child is wearing a glove on her right hand?

[No glove. No cellphone. No schnauzer in a straitjacket. Next! - Dave]


The flies are what get me.

Yikes ...

I'm almost afraid to say it ... but she scares the bejeezus outta me!

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.