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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 • GIFT IDEA: ART FOR BOOK LOVERS

Sweet Home Alabama: 1937

Sweet Home Alabama: 1937

April 1937. "Negro houses in Mobile, Ala." Our third dispatch today from Arthur Rothstein's trip south for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Good Eats: 1937

Good Eats: 1937

1937. "Restaurant in Mobile, Alabama." Welcome to the Wooden Shoe, where you can order your eggs "dressed up" (but not too loudly, because it's a "Quiet Zone"). Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Company Town: 1937

Company Town: 1937

February 1937. "Company steel town. Jefferson County, Alabama." The stomping grounds of our namesake Shorpy Higginbotham, killed in a mining accident in 1928. Photo by Arthur Rothstein, Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Cow Boy: 1942

Cow Boy: 1942

July 1942. East Montpelier, Vermont. "Conrad Ormsbee with automatic electric milkers. His father agreed to increase his Jersey herd from 25 to 30 milkers to aid in the Food for Freedom program." Photo by Fritz Henle. View full size.

 

Kingfish Airflow: 1935

Kingfish Airflow: 1935

Washington, D.C., 1935. "Sen. Huey P. Long." The former Louisiana governor and future assassinated senator with a shiny DeSoto Airflow. View full size.

 

Ghosts of New York: 1907

Ghosts of New York: 1907

New York circa 1907. "Marble Collegiate Church, Fifth Avenue." Surrounded by a host of ectoplasmic pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The Courtyard: 1903

The Courtyard: 1903

New Orleans circa 1903. "Old Spanish courtyard." Is the bar open yet? 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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