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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

San Francisco: 1906

San Francisco: 1906

"The Burning of the Call." The San Francisco Call newspaper building in flames after the April 18, 1906 earthquake. View full size. Pillsbury Picture Co.

 

Antietam: 1862

Antietam: 1862

Allan Pinkerton ("E.J. Allen") of the Secret Service on horseback. Antietam, Maryland, main eastern theater of the war, September-October 1862. Glass negative (wet collodion). View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Gettysburg: 1863

Gettysburg: 1863

July 1863. Dead Confederate sharpshooter at the foot of Round Top. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. View full size. Photograph by Alexander Gardner.

 

Faceless Beggar: 1918

Faceless Beggar: 1918

"Beggar - New York," c. 1918. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.

 

Deadwood: 1888

Deadwood: 1888

Deadwood, South Dakota, from Mrs. Livingston's Hill. View full size or zoom in. Circa 1888 photograph by John C.H. Grabill. Another Deadwood shot here.

 

Mother and Children in Tent Camp: 1936

Mother and Children in Tent Camp: 1936

A migrant mother, 32, who has seven hungry children, living in a tent camp in Nipomo, California. Photograph by Dorothea Lange, March 1936. View full size.

The mother in this photo is the famous subject of a Depression-era portrait known as "Migrant Mother." She came forward in the late 1970s and was revealed to be Florence Owens Thompson. She died in 1983. You can see the photo and read more here.

 

Ready for Takeoff

Ready for Takeoff

Shorpy is moving to a new server tonight, so there may be times when the site is unavailable. See you when we get back! 4x5 Kodachrome transparency of Civil Air Patrol plane (Stinson 10A) at Bar Harbor, Maine, by John Collier, June 1943. Full size. A couple more here and here.

 
 
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