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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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The Grandpa Trio

The Grandpa Trio

This is a pretty beat-up photo of my grandfather Clyde C. Hooker (1892-1972), center, with those distinctive eyes, and two unidentified gentlemen. I didn't know this picture existed until about four years ago when I received my deceased aunt's and uncle's photo album. Until then I had absolutely no idea Grandpa was musically inclined. I'm assuming he played the harmonica the way his hands are cupped. We think it was taken in the late 1910s or early 1920s around Risco, Missouri. Grandpa was a farmer most of his life and he and my Grandma Maudie raised 12 kids with my dad being the second-youngest. I love the little brown jug in front. Grandpa may have raised a little hell when he was younger but by the time I knew him, he was a strict teetotaler. Of course, it might just have been a prop. View full size.

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Jug band

I love this, I wonder what music they played, maybe hokum or something close to it which may account for the jug. The general feel of this puts me in mind of the artwork on The Band's second album. Lovely picture, what a find.

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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