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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.

 

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Granny's Kitchen: 1917
Washington, D.C., circa 1917 and Mrs. Beuchert again. Why this lady's muffin-making would have been chronicled in the archives of the National Photo Company is something of a mystery. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size. Granny's ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 4:42pm -

Granny's Kitchen: 1917

Hollywood & Vine: 1963
August 1963. Here I am at world famous Hollywood & Vine, or in this case, Don't Walk & Vine. Hint: I'm not the one in the green skirt and heels. View full size. Great! These are wonderful. Please post more! More recent phot ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 06/24/2009 - 6:04pm -

Hollywood & Vine: 1963

Joe Cooler: 1942
February 1942. "Ask the man who repairs one, and he'll tell you to turn the freeze control back to normal after quick-freezing ice-cubes or ice cream. If you leave it on high, foods will freeze and you'll waste electric current." Medium-format nit ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 4:40pm -

Joe Cooler: 1942

ATM: 1918
Washington, D.C., circa 1918. "Bankers Automatic Receiving Teller Co." These machines (designed to look like little bank buildings) were used, among other places, in the D.C. schools into the 1930s to encourage thrifty habits. National Photo Compa ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/14/2011 - 7:07pm -

ATM: 1918

Big Steel: 1941
Nov. 1941. Etna, Pennsylvania. "Blast furnaces and ore at the Carnegie-Illinois Steel mills." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. My Hometown These were gone by the time I was born in 1961. My grandfather was a ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/03/2012 - 11:34pm -

Big Steel: 1941

Regular Lubrication: 1942
February 1942. "Something the matter with your wringer? It probably needs a few drops of oil. Regular lubrication by your repair man assures smooth functioning of the mechanism. If you attempt to do the job yourself, you may find the family wash o ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/22/2008 - 2:02am -

Regular Lubrication: 1942

Heel: 1942
Sheffield, Alabama (Tennessee Valley Authority). Kenneth C. Hall, his wife and daughter rowing on the Tennessee River. Photograph by Arthur Rothstein for the Tennessee Valley Authority, June 1942. View full size. Worried ? I think they ... 
 
Posted by Ken - 08/09/2012 - 1:33pm -

Heel: 1942

Song Catcher: 1916
February 9, 1916. "Mountain Chief of Piegan Blackfeet making phonographic record at Smithsonian." The interviewer is ethnologist Frances Densmore . National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. Frances Densmore w/ au ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/03/2012 - 11:42am -

Song Catcher: 1916

You Say You Want to Take a Shower: 1943
The Control Room: Servicemen getting towels and soap from an attendant in the enlisted men's shower room at the United Nations service center in Washington. December 1943. View full size. Photograph by Esther Bubley. More here. Good cl ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/07/2011 - 10:40pm -

You Say You Want to Take a Shower: 1943

Migrant Mother (colorized): 1936
I'd been wanting to colorize the Mother of All Dust Bowl Photographs, by Dorothea Lange, for some time and finally got around to doing it for a contest on Fark . View full size. Mesmerizing! This colorization is absolutely stunning a ... 
 
Posted by ban_sidhe - 02/01/2010 - 6:35pm -

Migrant Mother (colorized): 1936

Texanna Loomis: 1921
December 31, 1921. "Miss Texanna Loomis." Mary Texanna Loomis, founder and proprietor of the Loomis Radio School in Washington, D.C. National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size. Love her boots! ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/11/2011 - 9:06pm -

Texanna Loomis: 1921

Now Hear This: 1937
June 9, 1937. Washington, D.C. "Congressional hog caller. The Capitol Plaza reverberated with sounds of the barnyard today as Rep. Robert L. Mouton of Louisiana went into serious training for his coming hog-calling contest with Rep. Otha D. Wearin ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/26/2012 - 12:45pm -

Now Hear This: 1937

The Experiment: 1923
Washington, D.C., circa 1923. "Woman scientist." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size. Caution! What a dangerous combo! (The heels and stepstool, I mean.) On today's installment ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/07/2012 - 3:43pm -

The Experiment: 1923

Supertramp: 1915
"Untitled circa 1910-1917." Who is this boho hobo -- a tramp with a literary bent who did well in track and field? We do know that he's standing outside Bryan's Lunch Room (George F. Bryan, proprietor) at 101 B Street S.E. in Washington. Something ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/23/2012 - 4:29pm -

Supertramp: 1915

IM Me: 1924
"Howard M. Gore. February 26, 1924." Mr. G, secretary of agriculture in the Coolidge administration, was later governor of West Virginia. And evidently kind of a geek. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. H.M. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/23/2012 - 11:51am -

IM Me: 1924

Better Watch Out: 1921
"Secretary Davis, Christmas tree, 1921." James J. Davis, Secretary of Labor in the Harding, Coolidge and Hoover administrations, moonlighting as Santa Claus. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. Father Christma ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/13/2012 - 6:34pm -

Better Watch Out: 1921

Radio-Vitant: 1920
"Walter Reed physiotherapy story." 1920 or 1921. Burdick Cabinet "Radio-Vitant ray" therapy. View full size. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. And Your Little Dog, Too I feel almost like this could be an outtake from "Th ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/21/2012 - 3:25pm -

Radio-Vitant: 1920

The Experiment: 1930
There's no label for this circa 1930 Harris & Ewing plate, but maybe it's best that we don't know what's going on. CLICK AT YOUR OWN RISK. Now that you've all had your fun This is actually Version 1 of the "21" isolation booth. ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/18/2013 - 6:17pm -

The Experiment: 1930

Merry Christmas!
New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 glass negative, G.G. Bain Collection. View full size. Happy holidays from Shorpy! All the best All the best to my friends!!!! Ahhhhhh!!!!!! Ahhhhhhhh!!! Ohhhhhhh ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 02/04/2012 - 5:04pm -

Merry Christmas!

Flying Fortress: 1942
October 1942. Workers installing fixtures and assemblies in the tail section of a B-17F bomber at the Douglas Aircraft Company plant in Long Beach, California. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer. Reckon You Know I ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/22/2012 - 1:44pm -

Flying Fortress: 1942

A Juicy Pair
Somewhere in the 1950s; feel free to fill in the blanks. View full size. No, no COCONUTS. I said you've a lovely bunch of coconuts. OUCH! Thank heavens testicular cancer examinations aren't what they used to be! Producing Pro ... 
 
Posted by globalpillage - 09/06/2011 - 8:39pm -

A Juicy Pair

Hotrod Time Machine: 1975
This shot answers the question, "Just what was tterrace photographing that day in 1975 when he was strolling around Petaluma?" Well, when I got to this spot on Sixth Street I apparently stumbled into a gap in the space-time continuum. Fortunat ... 
 
Posted by tterrace - 10/22/2010 - 7:42pm -

Hotrod Time Machine: 1975

Machine Shop: 1917
1917. "C.W. Hecox, instructor in machine shop, D.C. public schools. Supervising manufacture of practice shells for Navy at McKinley training school." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size. Very F ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/27/2012 - 5:47pm -

Machine Shop: 1917

Telephone Rockfish: 1928
Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. cafeteria showing presentation of rockfish." A caption that raises more questions than it answers. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size. How ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 07/29/2012 - 11:10am -

Telephone Rockfish: 1928

Oh, the Places I'll Go: 1939
June 1939. Migrant child in family car east of Fort Gibson. Muskogee County, Oklahoma. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee. Pegasus The Pegasus (winged horse) medallion is from Magnolia Oil Co., a Texas company that wou ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 12/22/2008 - 2:07am -

Oh, the Places I'll Go: 1939

Bathing Beauty: 1942
February 1942. Akron, Ohio. "Conversion. Beverage containers to aviation oxygen cylinders. Removal from solution tank at a rubber factory now producing metal essential for the Army. This bath, which follows the removal of the weld scale, gives the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 09/05/2012 - 8:10pm -

Bathing Beauty: 1942

The Crucible: 1920
Circa 1920. "Bureau of Mines, Department of Interior, Washington." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size. Dating Good thing there's a date for this, albeit approximate. You could Fark that guy ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 08/27/2012 - 3:42pm -

The Crucible: 1920

A Reminder: 1939
February 1939. "Sign, Harlingen, Texas." 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size. Let the flames begin Thanks for the red meat, Dave. I'll be in here, making popcorn and waiting for the ... 
 
Posted by Dave - 04/13/2010 - 11:01am -

A Reminder: 1939

Patent Library
This was a black and white Shorpy image used in a Fark Photoshop contest back in early August of '09. According to the information in the contest, this is a photo taken in a patent library. I colorized it for my entry and won that contest. View ... 
 
Posted by GeeGee - 01/06/2010 - 3:44pm -

Patent Library
 
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