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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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String Theory: 1918

String Theory: 1918

Nurse and patient at Walter Reed Army Hospital circa 1918 in Washington, D.C. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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this guy had the same profile than my husband at 22 age, exactly when i met him, and it's so weird that they both have the same haircut

Flirtation Weave

I think our lovely nurse is helping the soldier learn finger weaving. I agree, there's romance in the air!


But what are they doing? At first I thought they were playing Cat's Cradle, but you only get tangled up with a chair if you're really bad at it. Further, I can't imagine this nurse, with her lovely starched white cuffs, has time to play games, so it must be something useful, but what?!


It'll take several days to finish the macrame bookmark, by which time he'll have worked up the courage to ask her on a date. She'll cock an eyebrow, roll her eyes, and before you know it, they'll be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

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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