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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 • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

Stares & Stripes: 1941

Stares & Stripes: 1941

March 1941. "Part of the exhibit of the traveling show 'crime museum' near Fort Bragg, North Carolina." Acetate negative by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

The 8 Ball: 1940

The 8 Ball: 1940

November 1940. "Pool hall in Shasta County, California." Recreation for the workers and engineers building the Shasta Dam across the Sacramento River. Photo by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Dwarfed: 1941

Dwarfed: 1941

April 1941. "South Side Chicago. Scene in Negro tavern." The walls adorned with murals from the Disney version of "Snow White." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Base Ball To-Day: 1908

Base Ball To-Day: 1908

Detroit circa 1908. "Woodward Avenue looking north from Opera House corner." Our title is lifted from the streetcar. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

North on Fifth: 1918

North on Fifth: 1918

New York circa 1918. "Fifth Avenue and Grand Army Plaza, north toward Central Park." 5x7 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Toronto Depot: 1900

Toronto Depot: 1900

Circa 1900. "Union Depot, Toronto, Ontario." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

A Place in the Sun: 1940

A Place in the Sun: 1940

January 21, 1940. "Stephen A. Lynch Jr. residence, No. 3 Sunset Island, Miami Beach, Florida. Living room, general view. William Pahlmann, decorator; Robert Law Weed, architect." Gottscho-Schleisner photo. View full size.

 

Old-School Tree: 1962

Old-School Tree: 1962

        Meanwhile, seven years later ...

        This Kodachrome, originally posted here in 2011, can be seen in the December 2018 Canadian edition of Reader's Digest, illustrating the story "Andrea's Gift" in a two-page spread starting on Page 96. They spotted it here on Shorpy and I licensed it to them.

Old-school and old-old-school decorations on our traditional old-school tree. We always called these Scotch firs, but it looks more like the Noble firs I've seen online. We liked them because they had plenty of open space to let the ornaments show unhindered. The oldest one is the frosted pine cone face toward the bottom; it still has some wax blobs from early 20th Century tree candles on it. The hot-air balloon was always one of my favorites. The blue one at the center top is from our "new" c.1960 set. The plastic church was glitter-enhanced by me personally. A couple years later, all the 1940s-era light strings sacrificed their lives to illuminate my castle diorama in the basement. You can see me reflected in the ornament at lower left, along with the bright spot on the ceiling from the bounce flash I used to light this Kodachrome. View full size.

 
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