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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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Be My Guest: 1944

Be My Guest: 1944

March 1944. Two guests at a St. Patrick's Day party at the Washington Labor Canteen sponsored by the United Federal Workers of America. View full size. Medium-format safety negative by Joseph Horne, Office of War Information.

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Party of Two

What a sweet picture! I wish there was some way to find out who they are.

Perspectives shift

One picture, shifted perspectives. In the era when the photo was taken, some viewers were likely bothered by the image of a black man holding a white child's hand, never mind the circumstances. Those same people couldn't have cared at all about what would be the red flag instead to today's viewers: Someone is smoking a cigarette near a child.

Be My Guest

Where did you find this photo? I couldn't find it among the photos on the Library of Congress site.

[It's here. - Dave]


not so bad either. A very pleasing face.

Party Guest

That little charmer should be at a Valentine's Day party. She's stolen my heart!

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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