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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

Cold, Cold Art: 1904

Cold, Cold Art: 1904

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1904. "Fountain of ice, Washington Boulevard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Maccabees Temple: 1905

Maccabees Temple: 1905

Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1905. "Maccabees Temple." Lodge of the fraternal order Knights of the Maccabees. Detroit Publishing glass neg. View full size.

 

Wabasha Street: 1905

Wabasha Street: 1905

St. Paul, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Wabasha Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Where the Girls Are: 1905

Where the Girls Are: 1905

Chicago, Illinois, circa 1905. "Children's bathing beach, Lincoln Park." We return to the shores of Lake Michigan under the watchful gaze of Officer K. Kop. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

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.

 
 
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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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