SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
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

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

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.

© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

JUMP TO PAGE   100  >  200  >  300  >  400  >  500  >  600

Old Orchard Beach: 1904

Old Orchard Beach: 1904

Circa 1904. "Old Orchard, Maine, from pier." Surf, sand, and Lady Zamora. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

On Shorpy:
Today's Top 5


Or, as les Quebecois would say, "Old Or-SHARD Bitch."

Pier pressure

The old one washed away in a storm when I was a kid in 1978. The one that's there now is only about half the length and stuffed full of crap. You can't even get a view of the water unless you go into the el sleazo bar at the end of it. The beach itself is still very nice indeed.

What if

Be funny to see the reaction of the folks on the beach if some young thing walked out wearing a thong.

Horse on the Beach

That alone could make it an unpleasant experience.


I love surfing OOB, and by the looks of it, that's some decent waist-high stuff coming in.

And wow, how the pier has changed. It's too bad, really. You can't even see the ocean from it anymore.

Swimsuits to Let

Love this photo of the beautiful hotel! Interesting to see that this photographer has captured another photographer working. Also, the sign on the extreme right -- can you imagine anyone today RENTING a bathing suit? Eww.

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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.