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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

G.G. Bain

Princess Fatima: 1921

Princess Fatima: 1921

July 1921. New York. "Princess Fatima Sultana of Afghanistan." The "princess," whose claim to royalty was questionable, met with President Harding in Washington after a notorious impostor named Stanley Weyman (among other aliases), pretending to be a "naval liaison," tricked the State Department into arranging the interview. 8x10 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

        The princess, it was learned, takes out her nose jewel when she goes to bed at night, as other women remove their earrings. Unlike American women, she is not afraid of rats, mice, or bats. The reason for this immunity from those customary feminine fears is that in the Mohammed religion, which she professes, not only cats but all animals are sacred. (Washington Post)

 

Crank It: 1924

Crank It: 1924

January 3, 1924. New York. "_________  listening to records." If you recognize yourself here, speak up. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Please Hold: 1908

Please Hold: 1908

New York, 1908. "George Bothner and John Perelli (standing)." Bothner (1867-1954) held the title of world lightweight wresting champion. 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Die Meistersingerin: 1917

Die Meistersingerin: 1917

February 1917, New York. "Frieda Hempel." The German soprano and Metropolitan Opera star. 4x6 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Surprise: 1909

Surprise: 1909

December 20, 1909. "Firemen spraying burning building on West 14th Street, New York." 5x7 glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

        Three million gallons of water from the high-pressure mains were pumped into a fire that destroyed a large seven-story factory and loft building at 180-188 West Fourteenth Street yesterday morning, and for five hours the fire, which raged until the afternoon, completely cut off traffic on that street. The pavement and sidewalks and many buildings for almost a block were coated with thick mid-Winter ice. Fire and water together provided a spectacle for thousands of Christmas shoppers who crowded both sides of the street.
        Although there were no injuries from the fire, it caused damage of $200,000. Workers at the training school of the Salvation Army headquarters, adjoining the building on the east, were routed from their beds. It is not known what started the fire.

-- New York Times, 12/21/1909

 

Merry Christmas: 1913

Merry Christmas: 1913

        The colorized Christmas tree is back, 103 years after its debut in Madison Square. Happy holidays from Shorpy!

New York, December 1913. "Christmas tree, Madison Square." 8x10 inch glass negative, Bain News Service. View full size.

 

Smart S Rowers: 1912

Smart S Rowers: 1912

June 17, 1912. "Stanford University varsity crew at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., boat house." Capt. Seward, second from left. 5x7 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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