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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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Medical classroom, American University of Beirut, Lebanon. Circa 1930s. View full size. (Warning - Not for the squeamish: See what's inside.)

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Cadaver me not!

In 1963 we made a delivery of a stainless steel sink to the Gross Anatomy Lab at the University of Arkansas Medical School. I was pretty young and naive, but my coworker who was to help me carry the sink to the lab knew what the lab was about. He said he would stay with the truck while I delivered it. I wheeled the sink into the room and almost every table had a cadaver out and students around. When I got back to the truck he said, "Jim, what did you see up there?" I told him there were a lot of dead bodies all over the place. He looked at me with eyes as big as silver dollars and said, "Jim, I'm sure glad I didn't go up there with you!"

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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