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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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Semmes Motor Co.: 1927

Semmes Motor Co.: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "Cross trucks, Semmes Motor Co." Headquarters for Good Used Cars. National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Panamas: 1919

Panamas: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Hat display, Saks & Co." Panama hats, and how they're made. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Scooter Sk8rs: 1922

Scooter Sk8rs: 1922

September 15, 1922. Washington, D.C. "Scooter skates." On the right: Clarence Sherrill. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Sitting Pretty: 1922

Sitting Pretty: 1922

Washington, D.C., circa 1922. "Lulu McGrath." It must have been either luck or amazing foresight that led this girl's parents to name their baby daughter Lulu -- it's hard to imagine her as a Betty or Nancy or anything else. Or it could be that when you're a Lulu, you just grow into the name. In any case, Miss McGrath's brief claim to fame was her appearance in an underwater documentary, "Wonders of the Sea." She was also a runner-up in the first Miss America pageant, in 1921. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Up the Incline: 1905

Up the Incline: 1905

Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1905. "Up the hill by trolley." On one of the city's famous incline railways. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative. View full size.

 

Isham Jones Orchestra: 1922

Isham Jones Orchestra: 1922

New York circa 1922. "Isham Jones Orchestra." Playing May 7 at Grace Methodist Episcopal. George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

On Your Marks: 1922

On Your Marks: 1922

July 29, 1922. Newark, New Jersey. "Girl athletes to sail on Aquitania. Stine, Sabie, Gilliland, Batson, Snow." Contestants bound for Paris, France, and the first international track meet for women. Bain News Service. View full size.

 
 
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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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