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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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House of David Basketball: c. 1940

House of David Basketball: c. 1940

The bearded, celibate, vegetarian Isrealite House of David, as reorganized by Mary Purnell (A.K.A - Mary's City of David - Benton Harbor, Mich.), while famous for their amusement park, bands, and baseball team, also fielded a basketball team that played the Harlem Globetrotters and toured Europe in the 1930s, 40s and 50s. View full size.

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Odd vibe here. Can't shake it.

Short shorts

Look at the shorts compared to the knee length basketball shorts in vogue today (which have gone too far the other way....they look like skirts). This photo could just as well be a current ad for Ralph Lauren boxer briefs aimed at the hipster crowd (or a billboard on Christopher Street).

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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