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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • TOGETHER WE CAN DO IT, WWII

Chuck Burgers: 1966

Chuck Burgers: 1966

The corner of Grant and Bush in San Francisco in 1966. I took this Kodachrome to show Big Ben's, my favorite place for hamburgers while I was in the Navy, stationed on Treasure Island. View full size.

Migrant Daughter: 1936

Migrant Daughter: 1936

        UPDATE (2017): Thanks to the sleuthing of journalist Tori Cummins and historian Joe Manning, we now know the identity of the young woman in this photo: Ruby Nell Shepard (1916-1970). You can read her story on Joe's website.

November 1936. "Daughter of migrant Tennessee coal miner. Living in American River camp near Sacramento, California." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Hot Property: 1904

A Hot Property: 1904

Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1904. "Casino, the Breakers, and cottages along the beach." One of Henry Flagler's giant wood-frame hotels, the Breakers burned in 1903 and reopened the following year, then burned yet again in 1925. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Summer Idyll: 1899

Summer Idyll: 1899

Waseca, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Chautauqua grounds -- cottages at Maplewood." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dropping By: 1921

Dropping By: 1921

San Francisco, 1921. "Maxwell Model 25 touring sedan." Honey, whose horse was that blocking the garage? 5x7 glass negative by Chris Helin. View full size.

 

Curtain Time: 1939

Curtain Time: 1939

1939. "Montebaro House, Salem & Greene Sts., Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Structure dates to ca. 1827. Said to be oldest frame house in Selma. Birthplace of P. Hal Sims." Now revealed to be the residence of Mr. Peepers' better half. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Grant and California: 1968

Grant and California: 1968

August 1968. My mom in San Francisco's Chinatown at Grant and California Streets; Kodachrome slide by my dad. View full size.

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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