SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
The Shorpy Archive
9000+ 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

Join our mailing list (enter email):

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.

© 2019 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

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

Make Yourself Comfortable

Make Yourself Comfortable

Washington, D.C., 1920. "National Photo Company, front room." View full size. Glass negative: National Photo Company Collection. Styling: Morticia Addams.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5

Charming photo

My guess about the photo next to the antlers is that it's a coiled snake.

I get a whole King Kong/Skull Island vibe from the furniture motif; I wonder if Merian C. Cooper had visited the National Photo Company 13 years before? I would definitely make room in my place for that vanity/lamp combo, although I'd be real careful getting up from it.

Love The Title!

I laughed out loud at the title of this photo! Comfy, indeed! In that room, I imagine that the furniture is made out of human bones! Although bamboo might be closer to the truth. Does anyone want to guess what the subject matter is in the photo next to the antlers? It appears to possibly be a close-up of some sort of animal dung? But, I'm sure I am wrong about that, too. I hope...


Is that a camera on the far right? I bet a lot of portraits were taken in front of that wall of sharp implements.

My thought...

is that the photographer put all the photographic staging pieces in the front room. I also think it's a good idea to display some curiosities for people to look at whilst waiting. I wish more businesses would do that today.

My vote

Is two thumbs up!!! I just love the oddity of it all and I cannot believe it is the waiting room of a business office!! I don't think I would leave for hours - just looking at all of the photos and weaponry and antlers, OH MY!

Early Guest

Upon spotting the odd collection of weapons hanging on the wall the early guest began to wonder who has invited him to dinner. Or if it was him who is the dinner...

Mighty Hunter?

This is an odd juxtaposition of styles. That desk looks painful. It actually looks more like a vanity table. Maybe this is a young couple with the usual starting out mixture of his manly trophies and her teenage girl bedroom furniture.

[This is the reception area of a business office. And that may well be Herbert E. French himself on the couch. - Dave]

Now that is some seriously

Now that is some seriously weird-looking furniture. The whole room has a very uncomfortable feel to it IMO - two thumbs down for the interior designer.

SHORPY OLD 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 | © 2019 Shorpy Inc.