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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

Larkspur Eldorado: 1955

Larkspur Eldorado: 1955

1955 Cadillac Eldorado, photographed in the fall of that year by the nine-year-old me, then at the height of my kidhood car fascination. You can tell the part of the car that fascinated me most by how I aimed the camera. I also talked my brother into taking a Kodachrome slide of it. We were on one of the walks we were wont to take around our home town of Larkspur, California. This shot also captures, at the left, a significant moment in Larkspur history: the building of the first homes in the first major post-war housing development, Hillview Gardens. The houses sold in the low 20Ks. The following year the first kids from there started showing up in my classes at Larkspur-Corte Madera School. View full size.

American Tourister: 1952

American Tourister: 1952

An unlabeled slide from the Linda series of Kodachromes. It seems to be 1952, and there are evidently sights to be seen. Commence tourism! View full size.

Inner Sanctum: 1937

Inner Sanctum: 1937

New Orleans, 1937. "Courtyard entrance, 1133-1135 Chartres St." Seen here from another courtyard. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

 

Family Trip: 1937

Family Trip: 1937

May 1937. "Migratory family traveling across the desert in search of work in cotton at Roswell, New Mexico. U.S. Route 70, Arizona." Where are the cupholders on this rig? Dorothea Lange / Resettlement Administration photo. View full size.

 

A Hard Right: 1919

A Hard Right: 1919

Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Scenes at Walter Reed Hospital." He'll knock your block off. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

House of Glass: 1939

House of Glass: 1939

June 12, 1939. "House of Glass No. 4, New York World's Fair. Master bath. Landefeld & Hatch, architect." You know what they say about people in glass bathrooms. Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Pavement Ends: 1937

Pavement Ends: 1937

March 1937. "Wind erosion has desolated this once luxuriant bunch grass country in Idaho. Resettlement is restoring the land for grazing." Photo by Wilbur Staats for the Resettlement Administration. 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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