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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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Where the Money Goes To: 1910

Where the Money Goes To: 1910

May 1910. St Louis, Missouri. "Where the money goes to. Bach branch office usually has a candy counter. 4020 Manchester Street." One in a series of photos by Lewis Hine showing the "frivolous" uses to which newsies put their earnings -- money spent on candy, ice cream, the nickelodeon, etc. View full size.

 

Birthday Photobomb: 1970

Birthday Photobomb: 1970

August 15, 1970. My 24th (cripes) birthday. My sister's family was up for a visit, thus allowing my nephew Jimmy to indulge in what today is termed "photobombing." Judging by our photo collection, he may have invented it, or at the very least been an avid early adopter. My mother looks on expectantly, anticipating my cries of delight. I have no idea if this was her gift, or even what it was*. I appear pleased, at any rate. This is undoubtedly the goofiest photo I've ever submitted to Shorpy; I won't blame Dave if he relegates it to no-man's land. A Polaroid. *UPDATE: Gift is the 3M Bookshelf board game "Stocks & Bonds." View full size.

Randle Elementary: 1940

Randle Elementary: 1940

Washington, D.C., circa 1940. "Nation's Business. Children leaving Randle School." Nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Working Boys: 1910

Working Boys: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Mo. "Two boys working in Inland Type Foundry, 12th & Locust. Work 9 to 10 hours a day. Noon." Photo by Lewis Hine. View full size.

 

Coffee Break: 1862

Coffee Break: 1862

May 1862. "Yorktown, Virginia (vicinity). Group before the photographic tent at Camp Winfield Scott." From photographs of the Peninsular Campaign, May-August 1862. Wet plate glass negative by James F. Gibson. View full size.

 

Chevrolet: 1926

Chevrolet: 1926

Rockville, Maryland, circa 1926. "Montgomery County Motor Co." Headquarters for "quality at low cost." National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Pied-a-Terre: 1939

Pied-a-Terre: 1939

Savannah, Georgia, circa 1939. "Old house on Fahm Street, West Side." 8x10 inch safety negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 
 
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