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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Webcam Version 0.0: 1955

Webcam Version 0.0: 1955

My brother in 1955 at age 18, proving that the practice of teenagers taking pictures of themselves predates digital cameras and the Internet. This was in the bedroom he and I shared from about 1953-58. The little child's table and chair set at the left is what served as my "desk" at the time. Since I always had it piled high with junk like that, if I ever wanted to actually do anything like draw, I'd go downstairs and use either the cocktail or dining room table, set up a card table or just plunk down on the living room floor. My brother labeled this (introspective? vacant? chimerical?) self-portait Ektachrome simply, "Me." View full size.

On the Waterfront: 1905

On the Waterfront: 1905

Baltimore, Maryland, circa 1905. "Payday for the stevedores." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Granby Street: 1905

Granby Street: 1905

Circa 1905. "Granby Street. Norfolk, Virginia." A slice of life from a century ago. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Toxaway Lodge: 1902

Toxaway Lodge: 1902

Sapphire, North Carolina, circa 1902. "The Lodge on Mount Toxaway." Glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Long View: 1902

The Long View: 1902

Sapphire, North Carolina, circa 1902. "View from the Lodge on Mount Toxaway." Glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Lincoln Park: 1905

Lincoln Park: 1905

Chicago circa 1905. "Children's bathing beach, Lincoln Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Joe's Jungle Bungalow: 1904

Joe's Jungle Bungalow: 1904

Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1904. "Alligator Joe's bungalow in the jungle." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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