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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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Train Wreck: 1900

Train Wreck: 1900

1897-1901. "Cincinnati, Hamilton & Dayton R.R. train wreck below Dayton, Ohio." 4x5 glass negative attributed to Wilbur and/or Orville Wright. View full size.

 

Standard Service: 1939

Standard Service: 1939

October 1939. "Lamoille, Iowa. A village consisting of a few houses, general store, and railroad station." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Style Shop: 1939

Style Shop: 1939

October 1939. "Store on main street. Grundy Center, Iowa." The Eggleston-Grundy Style Shop on G Avenue, to be exact. Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Watched Pot: 1942

A Watched Pot: 1942

March 1942. Washington, D.C. "Teacher supervises the cooking of dinner by her maid. Negro home on the outskirts of the city which is owned by a doctor whose wife teaches in a Negro grammar school." Medium format nitrate negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hip, Hip Ouray: 1939

Hip, Hip Ouray: 1939

October 1939. "Ouray, Colorado, center of a gold mining region and developing tourist center." Nowadays a sort of alt-Aspen without the skiing. Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Family Farmers: 1939

Family Farmers: 1939

October 1939. "Family of Fred Schmeeckle, Farm Security Administration borrower, on their dryland farm in Weld County, Colorado." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the FSA. View full size.

 

DRUGS SODA: 1939

DRUGS SODA: 1939

October 1939. "Stores on main street (G Avenue). Grundy Center, Iowa." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. 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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