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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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Foursome in the Card Room: 1943

Foursome in the Card Room: 1943

The reason for all that showering and shaving: "Girls entertaining their guests in the card room at a residence for women working in the government for the duration of the war. More privacy is afforded here than in the main lounge." (Mind if we put the tripod here and turn on some lamps?) View full size. June 1943, Arlington, Va. Photo by Esther Bubley, whose probing lens will not be denied.

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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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