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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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Curb Service: 1937

Curb Service: 1937

November 1937. "Curb service -- Newport News, Virginia." Two cheeseburgers and one mouse sandwich, coming right up. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

The Palms of Pompeii: 1908

The Palms of Pompeii: 1908

Rochester, New York, circa 1908. "Pompeiian Room -- Hotel Seneca." (Catchphrase: "In the Pompeiian Room, everyone smokes!") 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Big Four: 1940

Big Four: 1940

May 1940. "Cairo, Illinois -- Big Four Cafe." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Nickel Inn: 1938

Nickel Inn: 1938

August 1938. "Quick lunch stand in Plain City, Ohio." 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Boo Koo Burgers: 1939

Boo Koo Burgers: 1939

February 1939. "Hamburger stand in Harlingen, Texas." Burgers 5 cents, chili a dime, breakfast two bits, the 7up is real. Photo by Russell Lee. View full size.

 

Triple Feature: 1939

Triple Feature: 1939

February 1939. "Boys sitting at table in restaurant, Raymondville, Texas." While most web sites might be content to give you one picture of a lunch joint with a Fritos calendar and a deer, Shorpy gives you not one, or even two, but three. It's practically a damn movie. We do this because you deserve it, and so much more. Photos by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Fountain Service: 1974

Fountain Service: 1974

April 1974. Columbus, Indiana. "General view of soda fountain area -- Zaharako Bros. Ice Cream Parlor, 329 Washington Street. Family-run ice cream and confectionery business operating since 1900. This parlor was a major social center in Columbus for the first 50 years. Known for its elaborate interior and ice cream still made by the Zaharako family. Mexican onyx soda fountains purchased 1905; extra counter added 1949; store front modernized 1959." 5x7 negative by Jack E. Boucher, Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 
 
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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