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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.

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Paloma and Eugenio

Paloma and Eugenio

My mother Paloma and my uncle Eugenio. 1940, Zaragoza Spain. This is in the first months after the Spanish Civil War. Hard times.

Joaquín Delgado Perez

Joaquín Delgado Perez

My great-grandfather. The photographer was J. Astra. Puerta del Sol 4, Madrid España. 1883

Top 20 Images of 2007

Top 20 Images of 2007

Welcome to the first annual Shorpy Top 20 New Year's Eve Image Countdown, where we recap the year's most popular posts based on number of reads. You can keep track as the evening progresses on the grid below. (We'll get to the Top 10 starting around 11 p.m. Eastern Time.) And the No. 1 post of 2007, with 104,800 reads: A screen grab of  . . .  The Beaver Letter! Whew. Well that was fun but exhausting. Thanks to everyone for making this a super first year for Shorpy!

The ranking grid and read numbers reflect picture standings as of 4 p.m. Eastern time on December 31, 2007. View counts rounded to the nearest whatever.

No. 1: The Beaver Letter, 1958 (104,800 reads)
No. 2: Pie Town Dugout, 1940 (89,800 reads)
No. 3: Weeki Wachee Mermaid, 1947 (85,500 reads)
No. 4: Brooklyn Pin Boys, 1910 (84,700 reads)
No. 5: Inter-City Beauties, 1927 (73,200 reads)
No. 6: Pageant of Pulchritude II, 1928 (37,300 reads)
No. 7: Beach Policeman, 1922 (37,100 reads)
No. 8: Mr. 535-07-5248 and Wife, 1939 (36,800 reads)
No. 9: Custer Car, 1924 (24,700 reads)
No. 10: Carina Nebula (20,935 reads)
No. 11: Chicago & North Western Locomotive Shops, 1942 (20,750 reads)
No. 12: 1951 Oldsmobile Final Assembly (18,290 reads)
No. 13: Flying Fortress, 1942 (18,270 reads)
No. 14: Pageant of Pulchritude, 1928 (18,200 reads)
No. 15: The Virtual Buick, 1953 (17,300 reads)
No. 16: Carnival Ride From Hell, 1911 (16,600 reads)
No. 17: Hi-Fi Boombox, 1954 (15,000 reads)
No. 18: Bathing Girl Parade, 1920 (14,900 reads)
No. 19: Migrant Mother, 1936 (14,800 reads)
No. 20: Manhattan skyline in 1901 (14,500 reads)

Kiev 1918

Kiev 1918

A photo taken by a German soldier in Kiev in 1918. The Germans acquired Kiev and the Ukraine (for a short time) after the Brest-Litovsk Treaty of March 1918.

Boy With Brownie Camera

Boy With Brownie Camera

Proud young man showing off his Brownie camera circa 1910.

Great-Grandparents' Wedding, 1924

Great-Grandparents' Wedding, 1924

The bride and groom are my great-grandparents George and Cecilia Brown. Cecilia died when she was still very young from a kidney infection, when her son (my grandfather) was 3 years of age. I can't help but find my great-grandfather's tiny stature and ill-suited haircut comical.

City Ice Delivery

City Ice Delivery

Delivering ice in a Ford truck with hard rubber tires on the front. Most likely a slow bumpy ride.

 
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