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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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General Hospital: 1922

General Hospital: 1922

1922. "Surgery #19." Things have progressed a bit since the previous photo. (Are there more? Yew betcha.) National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.



"We have successfully removed the funnybone."

Wait for it...

Because you know someone, somewhere is going to Photoshop an alien popping out of that guy's chest cavity!

Time Of Death?


Game over, man!

I'm voting it's a chestburster. But not matter what they're doing, why are there two pastry chefs watching the operation?

If at first you don't succeed, skydiving is not for you.

No flash again?

Amazing image that is lit by apparently natural light that overwhelms the incandescent lights above. Or alternatively there is "flash light". What is the answer? Surely Dave the guru will tell us.

[Windows. Mr. Sun. - Dave]

Dr Hollywood

The doctor looks like he was sent to a hospital movie set by Central Casting for a 1930's Doctor Kildare film.

Start Guessing!

Hernia? Appendix?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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