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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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Donations: 1917

Donations: 1917

Recently acquired photo. WWI donations. View full size.

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Great labels

I love the "medicinal" Lorillard Red Cross Tobacco, and the Hires Household Extract to make your own cure for stomach aches, asthma and sleep apnea. Thanks for reminding us.

Great outfit

The young woman in the background on the right is wearing a really unusual overdress with a raised collar. What I wouldn't give for an interesting detail like that!

What Miss Grant Said

"Attend secretarial school, she said"..."Go to romantic South America, she said"..."Young woman, you will go far, she said"..."the world will be your oyster"...


Someone needs to donate a new water cooler.


Your assignments for today are as follows...

Ladies, please have a seat at a desk and write stuff.
Guys must remain standing and act supervisory. I need two of you roll your sleeves up and try to appear to be working,
however, it's okay to lean on a box or something if you get tired.


I see the inspiration for Roseanne Roseannadanna.

Office Accouterments

The thing with the gauge is a stapler, probably an Eveready, with a reel of staples.

The swivel clock is just that, a windup with an alarm. Every swap meet has a broken one for $3.

The cylinder thing on the desk behind the stapler, too bad it's not an industrial-strength hair straightener. That poor gal in the foreground is in desperate need of one.


Needs one more supervisor. One of those poor guys has to supervise two people.

Oddball office gizmos

Front desk at left: I'd like to know what that thing that looks like an alarm clock body on a swivel base is. Front desk at right, at the right-hand corner, what looks like a stapler with a gauge on it. On the desk behind that one, a black-enameled contraption that I want to say is a particularly snazzy three-hole punch or maybe something else that has to do with all those ledger pages.

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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