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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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Bayreuth Market, 1904

Bayreuth Market, 1904

One of a series of images taken in Europe in 1904 by an unknown photographer. Scanned from the nitrocellulose negative. These women are possibly itinerant agricultural workers looking for employment; they don't seem to be selling anything. View full size.

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Cop on the beat.

This photo has a lot of pith if you look for it. The interesting thing is the policeman walking his beat around the square, in his spiked helmet and brass buttons. The Kaiser's Germany truly ran on obeyed rules and well defined cultural roles--what Marxists call hegemonies. Imperial Germany was social sandstone: complex societal roles you could depend on laid down in layers. It was a "buttoned down" society by popular consent. In less than twenty years it all collapsed. By 1921 urban women of the age of those in the photograph would be eating restaurant waste out of garbage cans in city alleyways. Then along came Hitler.

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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