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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

Winter During War Time: 1945

Winter During War Time: 1945

My then 15 year old future mother glances thoughtfully at something to her right on a winter day so chilly that she had both a coat and furry ear muffs on.

Something About Coats: late 1940's

Something About Coats: late 1940's

What’s more, every picture of my mother (not counting consecutive shots from the same photo session) shows her in a different coat.

Uncle Leopold Lavoslav

Uncle Leopold Lavoslav

Year 1916. Zagreb Croatia. View full size.

Beach People: 1920's

Beach People: 1920's

No bikinis for these three relatives of my maternal grandmother, though they all have bare feet to stand in the waves of the Baltic Sea on this breezy day. Year is sometime in the 1920's. Location is obviously a beach, probably in Lithuania. Image was scanned from a print that had nothing written on its back side.

Snowmen: 1965

Snowmen: 1965

A late season snow-blanketed Princeton, New Jersey one spring. So I went out to our back yard and made a snow man. Within days all of the snow had melted. Only my snowman remained. So we stood my snowman-sized brother Iden with the snowman’s broom for this somewhat silly snapshot.

School Bus: 1957

School Bus: 1957

My dad (red-headed flat-top kid) with his books in hand, squinting from the sun, and his brother (taller white kid), about to board the school bus with their fellow classmates in New Deal, Texas in 1957. View full size.

Ben, Camilla & Cat: 1909

Ben, Camilla & Cat: 1909

My grandfather Benjamin Franklin Taylor and his daughter Camilla and cat. The photo was taken in Marked Tree, Arkansas in 1909. Ben had lost his right eye in a hunting accident on the St. Francis River when he was younger. In this photo he is wearing a gun belt and is carrying a Navy Colt. Marked Tree was a dangerous logging town and men wore guns for protection. A year after this photo was taken Camilla, my grandmother, would at the age of 15 marry Wm Robinson, age 31. View full size.

 
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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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