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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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"Mother at her Desk"

"Mother at her Desk"

I picked up this photo with a number of other old family photos at a thrift store in Albany, California in the 1980s. Handwritten on the back it says: "Mother at her Desk, U.S. Civil Service Commission - Wash. D.C. (1930s?)"

A postcard from the same thrift store shows Bellefonte Spring, Bellefonte, Arkansas. On the back, in the same handwriting as "Mother at her Desk," it says: "Mother lived here for a while as a kid. Bellefonte, Ark. - near Harrison." In different handwriting on the front it says: "Where I watered Topsy at noons near Blacksmiths."

Two other photos, likely from the same family, show a baby identified on the back of one as "Kay Knouse, 10 months old, Nevada County, Arkansas, 1925." There are a number of other photos which are also likely from this same family. I would be happy to return them to any living relative who wants them. I know Shorpy doesn't exist for this purpose but I thought the "Mother at her Desk" photo was interesting enough by Shorpy standards (despite not being up to Shorpy quality standards) to give it a try.

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1934 Telephone

When I saw this picture and the caption, I thought 1930s??? I remember that telephone from the fifties.
But some googling made clear that this model indeed was first designed in the 1930s. First designed by Ericsson in 1932, this became the GPO standard (332) phone largely produced in the 1940s and 1950s.
A great design!

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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