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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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My Left Foot: 1937

My Left Foot: 1937

September 1937. "Camp near Effie, Minnesota. Lumberjack washing his feet." Medium format acetate negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Working in wet leaf litter and sopping sphagnum moss for ten hours a day could lead to trench foot. Keeping your feet clean and dry was paramount. It also helped keep down the stink!

Church Key!

No doubt used to open the scented bath salts.

You can't fool me.

He's making wine!

There once was a woman who...

Oh my, look at the flies! I remember those flies up in bog country.

A First for Me

Finally, a Shorpy Photo that's in no way better in full size.

Did each lumberjack

have his own bucket ?? Never mind, I don't want to know !


Back then you didn't wash all of yourself at once, you did it in parts! I still remember shivering in the morning in a cold bathroom. Standing at a sink with half of me exposed to the cold air, passing a soapy cold wash cloth over places meant to be kept warm, wishing I could just go back to sleep instead.

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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