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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Triple Feature: 1939

Triple Feature: 1939

February 1939. "Boys sitting at table in restaurant, Raymondville, Texas." While most web sites might be content to give you one picture of a lunch joint with a Fritos calendar and a deer, Shorpy gives you not one, or even two, but three. It's practically a damn movie. We do this because you deserve it, and so much more. Photos by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Drink Dr. Pepper: 1939

Drink Dr. Pepper: 1939

November 1939. Waco, Texas. "Proprietor of small store in market square." Pop bottles on the cooler: Woosies, Double Line and Double Cola. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

A Little Teapot: 1918

A Little Teapot: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "The Kitchen Clock." A dramatic endeavor whose players were last glimpsed here. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Mass. Mess: 1900

Mass. Mess: 1900

Circa 1900. "U.S.S. Massachusetts crew at mess." Watermelon -- yay! 8x10 inch glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Royal Palm: 1907

The Royal Palm: 1907

Miami circa 1907. "Miami River and Royal Palm Hotel." Yet another Florida hotel built by Henry Flagler, the Royal Palm is said to have had Miami's first electric lights, elevators and swimming pool. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Hotel Pullman: 1900

Hotel Pullman: 1900

Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "The Hotel Pullman." HELP WANTED: Sidewalk jockey with a good head on his shoulders. Not to mention arms. Hands a plus. Apply within. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Monster Truck: 1917

Monster Truck: 1917

Washington, D.C., circa 1917. "Harry Haas -- Jacobs truck." Prehistoric "transportation," complete with irony quotes. National Photo. View full size.

 
 
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