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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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Prep Champs: 1911

Prep Champs: 1911

Washington, D.C., circa 1911. "Georgetown basketball." Georgetown Preparatory School junior varsity. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

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Multiple focal planes?

Great photo, but I keep seeing multiple focal planes? Either a stacked exposure or I am thinking in modern terms and the lens was simply tilted at a slight angle to capture the ball, the first row gents faces and the second row faces and this is why the top of the background drop is in focus as well. This would take some work to get just right. The lighting is fantastic. I'm an amateur photographer using modern 35mm DSLR's like the 5D MKII and these photos are just blowing my mind in many ways. I just love them and the historical value is priceless.

The Champs!

Maaan! They still have haters today.


This is the whitest hoops team ever! Books the boys some time on the tanning bed.

The Iron Five

You have to give them credit for playing without substitution.


File this one under Smug.

The coach

Definitely seems to be in the wrong sport.

An Electrical Experience

When posing for a portrait that will be around for the next century, make sure you're grounded.

Who stole Sis's socks?!

Those look like the Wicked Witch of the East's stockings. Maybe if they click their heels three times they'll win the game?

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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