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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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Volendam Boys, 1904

Volendam Boys, 1904

One of a series of images taken in Europe in 1904 by an unknown photographer. Scanned from the nitrocellulose negative. View full size.

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Quadruple Dutch

I love these little boys. In the first half of the 20th century America was mesmerized with dutch images. Drawings of little boys in their balloon pants, little girls with their full skirts, aprons and starched white hats with wings. All wearing wooden clogs. Sometimes there would be a Dutch lady, who usually carried a switch or broom. I don't know what started it all, but the designs were embroidered on napkins, tea towels, and other cloth items used around the household.

Anyway having grown up with the drawings, it is neat to see a photo and find out they really dressed this way.

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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