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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 • HABANA CARNAVAL, 1946

The Family Franklin: 1920

The Family Franklin: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Franklin auto at Franklin Motor Car Co." Note the Yellowstone Park sticker. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Drinking Buddies: 1955

Drinking Buddies: 1955

From the mid-1950s, somewhere in the U.S. of A., come these two boys arguing about who's hotter. Feel free to improvise your own caption in the Comments. 4x5 negative from the holdings of a Chicago newspaper morgue. View full size.

 

Congratulations, Junior!

Congratulations, Junior!

Somewhere in America circa 1954, and it seems to be a big day for Junior. Maybe he just got his driver's license, or his first car, or figured out how to open the door. 4x5 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Skillet Dinner: 1950s

Skillet Dinner: 1950s

"Man and woman at stove cooking." The first of thousands of 4x5 negatives, retired from the archives of Chicago-area newspapers, acquired by Shorpy. Most of these are undated and have little or no caption information. If you recognize any of the subjects or locales, let us know in the Comments. View full size.

 

Götterdämmerung: 1942

Götterdämmerung: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Repair and overhauling in the Chicago & North Western Railroad locomotive shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Jurassic Truck: 1922

Jurassic Truck: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Fageol truck on construction ramp." Flintstones-era dumper with solid rubber tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Family Shelter: 1961

Family Shelter: 1961

Oct. 11, 1961. "New York Civil Defense Commission Family Shelter display." Including Chess-Dominoes-Checkers. 35mm negative by Hans Knoff for the Look magazine assignment "The Great Fallout Shelter Panic." View full size.

 
 
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