The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
 
About the Photos

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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Eye Exam: 1924

Eye Exam: 1924

Washington, D.C., circa 1924. "Examination room, Garfield Hospital." Home to all the latest equipment. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

Wheelwright Shop: 1862

Wheelwright Shop: 1862

March 1862. "Washington, District of Columbia. Government repair shops -- wheelwright shop." Annotation from plate: "3/13/62 Mr. Marshall, Shop No 1." Wet plate negative, Library of Congress Civil War Collection. View full size.

 

Mount Airy: 1938

Mount Airy: 1938

1938. "Mount Airy -- St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana." At Mount Airy, they're well fixed in the cistern department. I think they give the place a festive air. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

We're the Nuts: 1970s

We're the Nuts: 1970s

It was a warm late September night on Route 1 near Saugus, Mass., sometime around 1977. Smokes were 57 cents and gas was 56. Taken for a photography class with a 4x5 view camera. View full size.

Cast of Characters: 1923

Cast of Characters: 1923

Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Mrs. W. Galbraith -- group." About as colorful as you can get in black-and-white. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

 

Fountain of Youth: 1920

Fountain of Youth: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "People's Drug Store, 14th & U Streets, interior."

Is flyaway hair holding you back? Keeping you home those evenings your friends are out having a gay night on the town? Those loose strands may be a symptom of deeper ills -- malnutrition the consequence of egg-based-beverage deficiency, perhaps aggravated by tooth-brushing with an inferior dentifrice. Ladies, am I talking to you? Then come see this man. He is the gatekeeper to hair-nets, toothpaste, Egg Drinks -- and so much more. (Rubber gloves, for one thing, but that's another story.) The day you pick up a Glemby Hair Net -- or two, or hell, why not a dozen -- is the first day of the rest of your life! View full size.

 

Sweet Seventeen: 1922

Sweet Seventeen: 1922

"Washington Tidal Basin Beauty Contest -- August 5, 1922." Seventeen-year-old Eva Fridell, last seen here and here, takes the loving cup from judge Isaac Gans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
 
Jump to Page    100  »  200  »  300  »  400  »  500  »  600    |    Any page
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2014 Shorpy Inc.