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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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Shipshape: 1897

Shipshape: 1897

March 16, 1897. "U.S.S. Brooklyn, office of executive officer." Note the ancient typewriter. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Toasty Taxi: 1936

Toasty Taxi: 1936

February 1936. Washington, D.C. "Heated taxi cab." Sure, but can you summon it with an app? Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Corcoran Hall: 1926

Corcoran Hall: 1926

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. "George Washington U." Who'll be first to recognize one of these anonymous alums? National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Army Smartness: 1941

Army Smartness: 1941

December 1941. "White Motor Company, Cleveland. A halftrack scout car gets a touch-up job on the chassis assembly line. A durable finish protects the metal -- and helps to bring the vehicle up to Army standards of smartness." 4x5 negative by Alfred Palmer for the Office for Emergency Management. View full size.

 

Covelo Stables: 1925

Covelo Stables: 1925

1925. "Indian guides and Nash auto at Covelo stables. Mendocino County, Calif." Along with a tin-sign Who's Who of the 1920s soft drink industry, starting with Shorpy's favorite beverage, Whistle, and its slogan "WHIZ-WHIM-WHANG." 6½ x 8½ glass negative from Wyland Stanley via Marilyn Blaisdell. View full size.

 

Great Expectations: 1890

Great Expectations: 1890

From Marquette, Mich., comes this glass plate dated 1890 and labeled "Peterson." Say, I'll bet you kids have never been on the Internet before! View full size.

 

The Nursery: 1915

The Nursery: 1915

"Nursery" is all it says on this 4x5 inch glass negative, which comes to us from a seller in Minnesota. Maybe someone with the right connections could run a check on these fingerprints. Probably from around 1910-1920. View full size.

 
 
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