The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600
VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

The Slammer: 1919

The Slammer: 1919

1919. "District of Columbia Jail." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Hard times

I'll bet it sometimes felt like the walls were closing in, especially if that toilet started backing up.

Two for the price of one

Don't miss the top bunk, pulled up against the wall. The stager definitely paid off on this listing.

In the Mood

A couple of candles and a flower or two would do wonders on conjugal visiting days.

BYOP

TP-free, I see.

I would have spent the days

Counting those darn rivets.

Soft on Crime

A patterned blanket! Whatever next?

That looks horrible...

but I guess that was the whole point in 1919. It certainly is the definition of the bare minimum.

Bleak, but it could be worse...

The cell is fitted with an earthenware toilet that lacks both a toilet seat and privacy. However, it was an improvement: The previous generation of prison toilets were solid iron and very cold indeed on winter days.

Inspiration

I'm planning on remodeling our powder room, this picture gives me lots of handy decorating tips. Thanks!

Too hot or too cold

There's no way that this jail cell would be comfortable. It looks more like a brig on a battleship than a jail on land.

Desolate

I had to spend a short time in jail before (nothing real bad or violent, just a stupid mistake). It sucked being in there but I'm grateful that I didn't have to spend it a cell like this, and that there was television.

 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.