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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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Be Prepared: 1918

Be Prepared: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Robert Hall, group." Happy Fourth of July from Shorpy! 8x10 inch glass negative, Harris & Ewing Collection. View full size.

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Hue and Eye

Great colorization. It's funny how all it takes is a little color to make the picture look like it could have been taken this year. Thanks!

Color Me Baad

Haven't colorized a photo in a while and felt that this image would provide a wonderful canvas. Click to enlarge!

Third Liberty Loan

They seem to be modeling Joseph Leyendecker's BSA Liberty Loan poster for war bonds.

[This is a good example of the effectiveness of illustration as compared to photography. Or maybe it's just a lesson about the importance of casting. - Dave]

Next: rubbing two sticks together

Fig. 38: Allegorical tableau: "Youth Instructing Liberty in Preparedness in Battle and Wilderness Footwear." Study by Mr. Saint-Gaudens for obverse of pattern $20 gold piece, rejected by Mint Director as inappropriately suggestive.

Update: Well, I was close.

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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