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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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Darn That Hammer: 1936

Darn That Hammer: 1936

"Rockville High School circa 1936." On the wall: "To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise." National Photo Company Collection safety negative. View full size.

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The Carpenter's Creed

Maintain our rank, vulgarity despise,
To swear is neither brave, polite, nor wise,
You would not swear upon a bed of death--
Reflect--your Maker now may stop your breath.

- Anonymous

“Leisure is the time for doing something useful.” - Benjamin Franklin.

How to build a desktop

I check Shorpy all the time, and usually get my desktop backgrounds from your site. With woodworking being my hobby, this is my new one....

Mr. Chair-man

Seventy-two years later, those bentwood chairs are still in style.

So much to like!

Nice to see young lads well dressed and doing something useful. I much prefer these ones to the graffiting, pants round knees youth of today.

Oh Fudge!

Hammer on thumb: "Drat!"
Nail through toe: "Oh, pshaw!"
Finger lopped off by band saw: "Yikes!"

Shop Class

This was back when shop teachers wore pin-stripe suit pants and ties to work.

Credit where credit's due

The chap looking at the camera has done a great job building a root beer crate!

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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