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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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Guys Gone Wild: 1915

Guys Gone Wild: 1915

1915. "National Guard of D.C. -- Field tactics." Nothing like a blanket toss to confuse the enemy. Note the Hollywood type behind the movie camera. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

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Upon showing him this photo, my father immediately tried to convince me that blanket tossing was the prescribed way to check over the lip of the trench for enemy activity.

"No really! You try and shoot that kind of moving target!"

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I've heard my older relatives talk about the "good, clean fun" they had in their youth and I suppose this is what they meant. I am sure that if a bunch of National Guardsmen decided to "go out tonight and have some fun," this would not be what they meant. The cameraman is very cool, especially his hat. Thanks again for the great photos and can you tell me if Shorpy has a twelve step program to break the addiction to this website. No matter how hard I try, I cannot stay away.

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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