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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

Guitar Hero: 1941

Guitar Hero: 1941

April 1941. "Entertainers at Negro tavern. South Side Chicago." On the left is Lonnie Johnson, noted bluesman and pioneering jazz guitarist. Who are the others? Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Capital Hotel: 1920

Capital Hotel: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Old Capital Hotel, 3rd and Pennsylvania N.W." When the place was torn down in 1926, the sign had changed from "Capital" to "Capitol." Originally the St. Charles Hotel, it had a colorful (at times appalling) history going back to 1813. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Nightspot: 1941

Nightspot: 1941

April 1941. "Entertainers at South Side tavern. Chicago, Illinois." Safety negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Private Ambulance: 1927

Private Ambulance: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "W.W. Chambers Co." An outside view of the funeral parlor at 1400 Chapin Street N.W. National Photo. View full size.

 

In Transit: 1927

In Transit: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "W.W. Chambers Co., 1400 Chapin Street." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

House of Vines: 1938

House of Vines: 1938

June 1938. "Butter bean vines across the porch. Negro quarter in Memphis, Tennessee." Nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the FSA. View full size.

 

Larry's Beer Garden: 1934

Larry's Beer Garden: 1934

April 20, 1934. "New York. Fulton Market pier, view to Manhattan over East River." 4x5 inch nitrate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. 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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