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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 • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Musicale Alfresco: 1897

Our third visit with the Douglas family in Takoma Park, Maryland: Zilpha Minnie Childs Douglas (1859-1960) and her children Helen (1885-1987) and Willard (1887?-1960). The photographer was Edward Morehouse Douglas (1855-1932). It's interesting to note that the ladies here lived to be centenarians. View full size.

Made in the Shade: 1895

Made in the Shade: 1895

The Takoma Park, Maryland, home of Edward M. Douglas, wife Zilpha and their children Helen and Willard. 5x7 glass negative by Mr. Douglas, donated by to us his great-grandson Steve and scanned by Shorpy. Steve tells us the house was torn down in the 1960s to make way for a nursing home. View full size.

Limb to Limb: 1895

Limb to Limb: 1895

Helen Douglas and her brother Willard are the subjects in the first of eight glass plates donated to Shorpy by the great-grandson of Edward Douglas (1857-1936), a U.S. Geological Survey employee who snapped these photos of his kids around 1895 at their home in the Washington suburb of Takoma Park, Maryland. Let's all thank Steve King for his generous and fascinating gift! View full size.

Peewee Playhouse: 1941

Peewee Playhouse: 1941

January 1941. "Trailer park in Sarasota, Florida." A baby bungalow nestled in nasturtiums. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Mint Bar: 1941

Mint Bar: 1941

August 1941. "Main Street. Sheridan, Wyoming." An oasis of Western watering holes. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Washday Rigging: 1905

Washday Rigging: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Tenement courtyard." Rear Window: The Prequel. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tiburon Tommie's: 1969

Tiburon Tommie's: 1969

No, Tommie's not the guy with the anchor up ... well, with the anchor. That's me. Tiburon is a Marin County town on San Francisco Bay, and Tiburon Tommie's was a Chinese restaurant with a decor and cocktail selection that today would be called Tiki. Opened about 1955 by Tommie Cox and former Trader Vic's employee Johnnie Won, it closed around 1997 and today exists only in the warm nostalgic memories of older Marinites. This is the bay side of the building, which itself no longer exists. Existing was something that I didn't know this slide did until a couple days ago, when my friend who took it in 1969 and I were rooting around the spare room of his house and found a bunch of slides he'd forgotten about. This one's a 126 Ektachrome taken with a Kodak Instamatic. I recognized those aluminum sticks in the lower right corner as legs of my tripod, so I must have been taking Super-8 movies that day. View full size.

Luxe Lodge: 1908

Luxe Lodge: 1908

Circa 1908. "Elks Temple (Eureka Club), Clinton Avenue North, Rochester, N.Y." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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