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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • A CHRISTMAS JOKE WITH A POINT TO IT

Thurston the Great: 1915

Thurston the Great: 1915

The spirits do come back, if you stay for the second show. 1915 poster advertising an appearance by the magician Howard Thurston (1869-1936), the "King of Cards." Strobridge Lithography, Cincinnati & New York. View full size.

 

Lacy and Savannah: 1908

Lacy and Savannah: 1908

November 1908: Gastonia, North Carolina. Lacy, 12 years old, and Savannah, 11. Have worked two years. Father said "The little one is a crackerjack on spinnin', at least so the boss says. She ain't satisfied unless in the mill. The oldest one isn't so good at it. Not as quick." (Note the tense, serious looks on the younger. Older one more like a real girl.) View full size. Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

The Man Who Knows: 1913

The Man Who Knows: 1913

1913 (?) poster advertising a Minneapolis appearance by Claude Alexander, one of the most famous (and wealthy) mentalists of his time. View full size.

 

A Little Squirt: 1942

A Little Squirt: 1942

March 1942. "George Carell's seven-year-old son George Jr. likes to watch his father produce essential war equipment in his Passaic, New Jersey, home workshop. Mr. Carell belongs to a subcontract pool organized by the Howe Machinery Company." View full size. 5x7 negative by Howard Liberman.

 

Who Stole My Hat?

Who Stole My Hat?

And who turned out the lights? A 1928 poster advertising the "brilliant psychic star" Newmann the Great. View full size. Standard Show Printers of St. Paul.

 

Mid-Nite Spook Party: 1935

Mid-Nite Spook Party: 1935

Way back when, the scariest day of the year was May 14. We're kicking off the Shorpy Halloween party with some of the spookiest posters you've even seen! This one's from 1935. View full size. Triangle Poster & Printing Co., Chicago.

 

Mullets: 1938

Mullets: 1938

January 1938. Bait seller in Key West, Florida. View full size. 3¼ x 4¼ nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.

 
 
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