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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.

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Building a new home

Building a new home

Siegen, Germany, 1956. My grandparents building their new house.

Who's building?

He's supervising and has the lumber handy after she gets done with the brick work. :) This is neat, before WWII work attire was much different than what we're used to.

Why Not?

Why not wear a suit when building a house? I have a friend who wears French cuff dress shirts and a tie while working in his garden. Very old school, indeed.

Clothing choice

Was this a staged photo, I wonder, or did this man really build his house while wearing a three-piece suit?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | 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.

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