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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 • WPA FIELD DAY, 1939

Traffic Division: 1956

Traffic Division: 1956

Oakland, Calif., circa 1956. "Traffic Division first aid." This holiday weekend, let's be careful out there! 4x5 negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Electrik Maid: 1950

Electrik Maid: 1950

        UPDATE: This was the Electrik Maid Bakery at 7000 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park.

Montgomery County, Md., circa 1950. "Potomac Electric Power Co. -- Commercial kitchens, restaurants and lighting. Takoma Park Bakery." We're guessing these are not gluten-free. 8x10 acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Crush vs. Crown: 1940

Crush vs. Crown: 1940

August 1940. "Natchez, Mississippi, grocery window." Illustrating the gradual accretion of soft-drink signage on retail stores like barnacles on the hull of a ship. Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.

 

Auld Lang Syne: 1918

Auld Lang Syne: 1918

Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Service club -- couples dancing." And a Happy New Year from Shorpy! National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

All Are Welcome: 1923

All Are Welcome: 1923

December 29, 1923. "Horse Christmas party, Animal Rescue League." Maybe a few days late for a Christmas party, but then again here we are showing up 92 years after the fact. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Olds à la Mode: 1924

Olds à la Mode: 1924

San Francisco circa 1924. "Oldsmobile sedan." Ready to waft Milady to her club luncheon or favorite speakeasy. 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Queen of Comedy: 1940s

Queen of Comedy: 1940s

Circa 1940s. "Joan Davis -- 'Fame' award." The radio star and early television comedienne who posthumously attained a new generation of fans with cable reruns in the 1980s of her ancient sitcom I Married Joan. 4x5 acetate negative from the Shorpy Publicity Archive. View full size.

 
 
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