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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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Ironwoman: 1943

Ironwoman: 1943

June 1943. Arlington County, Va. "Arlington Farms, war duration residence halls. Laundry room in Idaho Hall." Photo by Esther Bubley. View full size.

 

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Kewpee Hamburgs: 1930s

Circa 1930s. "Kewpee Hotels hamburger stand." This early fast-food chain ("Hamburg / Pickle on top / Makes your heart / Go flippity-flop") got its start in Michigan in the 1920s. Location and photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Beanball: 1920

Beanball: 1920

"Boston Common, 1920. Baseball field and Beacon Hill." An aerial view from the Shorpy skybox. 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

 

Democracy's Dashboard: 1934

Democracy's Dashboard: 1934

June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. House chamber." Note the electro-mechanical tally board, and voting controls decorated with medallions of Abraham Lincoln. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Sign Age: 1906

Sign Age: 1906

1906. "Boston, Massachusetts. School Street and Parker House." Home of the eponymous buttery roll. Much interesting signage in evidence, including two giant SIGNS signs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Battered Barouche: 1921

Battered Barouche: 1921

        Using the Internets and clues provided by the photo, you should be able to figure out who this is! It took me about 15 minutes. (SPOILER: The mustachioed gent is most likely W.V. Wolfe, proprietor of the Frederick & Washington Bus Line, advertised in the sign behind the car -- which was actually the bus.)

Washington, D.C., 1921. "Studebaker car." Surrounded by a number of colorful-looking characters. 8x6 glass negative, National Photo Co. View full size.

 

Quincy Copper: 1906

Quincy Copper: 1906

1906. "Shaft No. 2, Quincy copper mine, Hancock, Michigan." Whatever is going on in there, we're glad we don't have to wash the windows. View full size.

 
 
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