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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 • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

A Lot of Cars: 1950s

A Lot of Cars: 1950s

This photo is from my father's trip to Northern California in approximately 1950. I am hoping that someone who knows cars can come up a more precise date for the picture by noting the date of manufacture of the newest car shown here. I am almost sure that this parking lot was in downtown Sacramento, but it could have been in San Francisco. View full size.

The Ice Wagon: 1923

The Ice Wagon: 1923

New Orleans circa 1923. "Upper stories of buildings with wrought iron balconies." 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Data Entry: 1942

Data Entry: 1942

June 1942. Washington, D.C. "U.S. Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control." More antique IBM punch-card equipment. Photo by Albert Freeman for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Bar Mizpah: 1937

Bar Mizpah: 1937

August 1937. "Former bank, now a saloon. Mizpah, Minnesota." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Swan Lake: 1924

Swan Lake: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "National American Ballet." You can't get much avant-garder than this. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Lily Living: 1910

Lily Living: 1910

New Zealand circa 1910. "Young men in formal wear at table ready to have a meal, next to tent 'Lily' at camp site, probably in Sumner, Christchurch." Note the abbreviated neckwear. Glass negative by Adam Maclay. View full size.

 

Hanan Shoes: 1905

Hanan Shoes: 1905

Circa 1905. "Wood Street, Pittsburg, Pa." Home to Hanan Shoes. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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