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

Our Town: 1941

Our Town: 1941

July 1941. Vincennes, Indiana. View full size. 35mm negative by John Vachon.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5


The pictures are of Main Street and you are facing east. The "Old Town Tavern" is still open and very popular to this day. During Vincennes' Homecoming (usually end of Sept.) that greenspace is filled with alumni tents from as far back as the classes of the 40's. I graduated in '92, my sister in '87, and my parents in '63. I still wished I lived there. Great place to raise a family!


It's always interesting to see "then and now" photos of street scenes, but particularly fascinating to see places where the buildings on the streets haven't changed much at all. I'm not talking "monumental" structures here but rather the ordinary mundane buildings. There have been changes, some for the better - stripping the paint off the hardware and the building at the end of the street - and some for the worse - the loss of the curlicue details above the Bey building, and a little too liberal use of the paint brush on a couple of buildings, not to mention the loss of the "crane" logo at the top of what use to be the spaghetti place and is now the "Old Town Tavern." I'd like to see more of this kind of thing.

Vincennes 2008

Thanks to Dave and R Fane. I had looked at the 1941 picture and asked the wife what she thought of driving to Vincennes and see how much the city had changed. Then to have a 2008 picture to look at was really nice. Thanks again.

Vincennes in 2008

Click the image to enlarge. Thanks to RFane for this photo.

Vincennes, Indiana

My paternal grandfather was born and raised in Vincennes, and he couldn't get out of there soon enough. He landed in Florida where he stayed his whole life. He left right after he was done with school (1918)

I never thought to ask him what was so terrible about Vincennes, but in reality his father didn't stay where he was born either (Bavaria) and neither did my father (born in Florida...left in 1956)

Family tradition I suppose. Vincennes looks charming to me, but I wasn't born there either.

Harnesses and buggy whips

My late father grew up with Red Skelton, and told us about his own father's leather goods store in Vincennes. I would bet that the harness shop in this photo was my granddad's. Not a huge demand for harnesses after everyone started driving automobiles. This would be the only photo I have ever seen of this shop. Thanks for posting it.

Vincennes' Favorite Son...

Vincennes was Red Skelton's hometown. After he'd left television I had the good fortune to see him perform live at a local theatre. He did the same old routines that he'd done for years and they were still as funny as ever!

Makes me long for those simpler times...

...when the local dealer lived right above the hardware store.

Main Street

Both of my parents worked in Vincennes when I was a kid, and as soon as I saw this picture, I recognized it as Main Street. All the buildings in the picture are still there, including the the grain elevator just to the northwest.

Main Street today.

One Stop Shopping

I tried to blow up the images of the shops--clearly you have your hardware right next door to your grocery to your diner (spaghetti?) and a butchers and another mart of some kind and a harness maker--couldn't read them all but think of the distances you go now to hit these places.

Paging Edward Hopper.....

Your muse is holding on line one.

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.