SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
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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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Boxing Practice

Boxing Practice

This is my great grandfather and my grandpa as a child practicing their boxing skills. I think this is sometime after WWII. I love the wide-screen film format. Scanned from an 11 X 7.5 CM negative. It doesn't say what brand. View full size.

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116 film

This negative size was 116 roll film, very commonly used in Kodak Brownies for many decades. The large negative meant photo processors could run off snapshot-sized prints via contact-printing, eliminating the need for an enlarger in the operation. The ones in our family collection date from 1919 to my earliest baby photos in 1947. Later, around 1956, my brother experimented with the film using an old Kodak folding camera, and I did the same around 1962.

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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