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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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Toy Store: 1941

Toy Store: 1941

Boys at toy store window with Hop Ching (Chinese checkers) display, Christmas 1941 or 1942. 35mm Kodachrome transparency. Location unknown. View full size. Farm Security Administration / Office of War Information Collection.

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I half expected to see a Red Ryder BB Gun in the window


Definitely Kodachrome; look at the color retention after all these years. - Nick

If they tried to sell that "Hop Ching" game today with the same cover art, they'd be in for a class-action law suit.

Yes, anonymous, of course

Yes, anonymous, of course there were. Why wouldn't there be? We have plenty of lingerie stores, and corsets were a lot trickier (more customized). Think of it like a milliner's.

Corset Shop

There's a reflection in the window of a sign reading "Corset Shop." Were there really stores that specialized in corsets?

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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