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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Speed Demon: 1904

Speed Demon: 1904

Buffalo, New York, circa 1904. "Delaware Avenue." Hitching posts, mounting blocks, ice wagons and gaslight at the dawn of the automobile age. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Cutting Room: 1900

Cutting Room: 1900

New York circa 1900. "Operating room in Brooklyn Navy Yard Hospital." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Boardwalk: 1905

The Boardwalk: 1905

New Jersey, April 1905. "The Boardwalk parade, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Old Orchard Beach: 1904

Old Orchard Beach: 1904

Circa 1904. "Old Orchard, Maine, from pier." Surf, sand, and Lady Zamora. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Dad and Me: 1957

Dad and Me: 1957

Daddy taking a break from the BBQ in West Covina, California, circa 1957. Mother took the picture and you can see her shadow. West Covina was one of the new suburbs east of Los Angeles back in the nifty 50s. Dad was a decorated combat veteran from the Korean War, and used his VA benefits to buy two homes. This was the first. This was a great place. I had wonderful friends and neighbors. My folks have often said this was the best place they have ever lived. Neighbors were friendly and they socialized with each other. There was an air raid siren nearby that went off twice a month as a test. This was the height of the cold war, but what did we know. View full size.

Mom and Me: 1956

Mom and Me: 1956

This is my first picture here at Shorpy. What a great place. This is not posed. It looks like a baby food ad, but my Dad caught us in a great moment. My beloved Mom and me in 1956 in our home in West Covina, California. We lived there until I was 9. Mom is still with us at age 83. View full size.

Desk Set: 1923

Desk Set: 1923

August 1923. "National Highways Association." Our second look behind the scenes at the Washington, D.C., headquarters of this lobbying organization. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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