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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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House of Vines: 1938

House of Vines: 1938

June 1938. "Butter bean vines across the porch. Negro quarter in Memphis, Tennessee." Nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

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I'll take a slice of cornbread and a bottle of tabasco with those beans.

Meanwhile, back in Tupelo

Graceland's most famous owner and occupant was just three years old and living in a very similar two-room shack with no idea he would one day be the king of Memphis. As a side note, we did the same "vine" thing on our front porch with blue morning glories for several years (when I could still bend and kneel) and it was a daily joy to go out the door every morning with a waterfall of summer flowers to greet us. I believe butterbeans also have blossoms which would have created a similar effect of a veil of flowers. Full front porches with rocking chairs, slamming screen doors, enamel basins, brings back lots of summer memories.

Almost missed her

Shy? Jealous of the attention? Instructed to stand in the door? Between that and the slightly apparent discomfort of the main subject, this photo is pretty cool.

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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