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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 • SEVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL, 1929

High Time: 1904

High Time: 1904

Philadelphia circa 1904. "City Hall clock tower from South Broad Street." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Union Depot: 1905

Union Depot: 1905

The Mississippi River circa 1905. "Union Depot and steamboat landing at foot of Jackson Street, St. Paul, Minnesota." Starring the sidewheeler Hiawatha. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Armada Americana: 1898

Armada Americana: 1898

Circa 1898. "Armored cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn, stern view." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Young Guns: 1959

Young Guns: 1959

From Columbus, Georgia, or vicinity circa 1959 comes this uncaptioned shot of a guy and his guns, all ready for a well-regulated sleepover. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Lard of the Flies: 1938

Lard of the Flies: 1938

May 1938. "Southeast Missouri Farms. Son of sharecropper washing hands." Our title for this photo comes from the things in this photo. Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

House & Garden: 1939

House & Garden: 1939

February 1939. "Bench of potted plants at side of home of Mexican day laborer. Near Santa Maria, Texas." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

House of Ill Repute: 1939

House of Ill Repute: 1939

May 1939. Peoria, Illinois. "Prostitutes 'roping' at window." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Carbon County: 1940

Carbon County: 1940

March 1940. "Snow shed over Union Pacific tracks. Carbon County, Wyoming." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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