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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 • KEEP YOUR TEETH CLEAN, 1938

Apples Alfresco: 1941

Apples Alfresco: 1941

Circa 1941. From uncaptioned photos by Barbara Wright taken in and around Knoxville of various Tennessee Valley Authority flood control and hydropower projects, as well as the photographers picnicking on a mountain. View full size.

 

Harbor Patrol: 1958

Harbor Patrol: 1958

Richmond, California, circa 1958. "Harbor Patrol." Helming a Glasspar Seafair. 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Red Means Go: 1943

Red Means Go: 1943

April 1943. "Trucks unloading at the inbound freight house of the Illinois Central Railroad, South Water Street freight terminal, Chicago." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

Cherchez La Salle: 1928

Cherchez La Salle: 1928

San Francisco, 1928. "LaSalle 328 sedan." Latest entry in the Shorpy Register of Ill-Fated Phaetons. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Blue Highway: 1900

Blue Highway: 1900

New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1900. "Sheffield Scientific School, Yale College." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Little Germany: 1905

Little Germany: 1905

Ann Arbor, Michigan, circa 1905. "Main Street, looking north." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Public Square: 1907

The Public Square: 1907

Detroit circa 1907. "Cadillac Square -- Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and Hotel Pontchartrain." Two perennial Detroit Publishing favorites. View full size.

 
 
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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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