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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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Alice Through the Looking-Glass

Alice Through the Looking-Glass

Circa 1900. It looks like she went to a lot of trouble to take this picture. Scanned from the original 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Early Selfie

Lady did a good job with what she had to work with. That camera looks like a super sized Brownie. The photos on the shelves are impressive for the turn of the century.

Public Domain

This is an incredible photograph! Do you own the original glass negative? Would you be able to tell me if the image is in public domain?

[Click on the member's name above the photo ("Submitted by...") and use the Contact tab to send them a message. -tterrace]

Auntie's house

This reminds me of the houses of aged relatives, living in tiny Ohio towns, I had to visit when I was a kid. They didn't dress like the woman in the photo, of course, but the wallpapers and ceilings looked the same. This lady has put a mirror (with great upper molding) on a footstool and leaned it against the wall. You can see the chair it goes to in the reflection. I'll bet the mirror was walnut. One of the pictures on the right has a woman with a hairdo that looks like hers. Did the box on the lower right hold the camera?

Everything old is new again

This is awesome! You can go on flickr today, and find entire groups devoted to self portraits, including taking your own picture in a mirror.

No shutter delay on this camera!

I suppose this was about the only way a photographer could take her own picture back then. I think I would like to have known this woman.

Photo Mania

More than her effort to take the picture I am amazed by the shelving full of matted photos. Although in similar vintage images my relations have also had a number of photos on display. I'll hazard to guess that for a photography enthusiast it was an interesting era when photography became "mainstream". It was probably similar to the giddiness I experienced in the early 1980s as I became aware, interested and active in the new field of Personal Computers.

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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