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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 • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Formal Phaeton: 1921

Formal Phaeton: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "Studebaker Special Six touring car at Spreckels Mansion." 5x7 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Aerial Omaha: 1938

Aerial Omaha: 1938

        UPDATE: Our vantage point for this view north along 14th Street is the Woodmen of the World tower at 1323 Farnam.

November 1938. "Omaha, Nebraska." Gateway to the West. Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Speed Limit 18

Speed Limit 18

November 1938. "Saloon near railroad yards. Omaha, Nebraska." Our favorite thing here is the signage: Speed Limit 18 Miles, followed closely by Cleo Cola. Photo by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Santa Cruise: 1984

Santa Cruise: 1984

OK, they're parked rather than cruising, nevertheless this compendium of classic cars, this Valhalla of vintage vehicles, this body of beachside barouches is ripe for perusing in the super-duper-size scan of this 35mm Kodacolor 100 negative I shot in Santa Cruz, California. I was there visiting my brother, at the time an English teacher at Santa Cruz High. Camera: Konica Autoreflex T, 57mm f1.4 Hexanon lens. Last year I had it refurbished and used it for the first time in over 30 years. Every so often I'll shoot a roll of color negative film just for fun. View full size.

Vintage Video: Asbury Park


The Jersey Shore resort town of Asbury Park circa 1900, channeled through vintage high-resolution glass negatives and set to music, produced by the illustrious Ken B. Click Play, then the "Full Screen" icon for the full effect.

The Last Roundup: 1938

The Last Roundup: 1938

November 1938. "Entrance to Union Stockyards. Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Omaha Suds: 1938

Omaha Suds: 1938

November 1938. "Saloon near entrance to Union Stockyards. South Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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