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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 • ENGLISH AND AMERICAN BAR, c. 1890

Pretty Girls

High-Steppers: 1961

High-Steppers: 1961

"Parade." Somewhere Down South circa 1961. Who can tell us where? 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Well-Connected: 1955

Well-Connected: 1955

Circa 1955 in Columbus, Georgia. "Switchboard" is all it says here. Smile so they can hear it! 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive. View full size.

 

Coastal Capers: 1925

Coastal Capers: 1925

Marin County, California, circa 1925. "Surf bathers at Stinson Beach." As for what's going on in the background, who can say? 6½x8½ inch glass negative by Charles M. Hiller, late of the Blaisdell and Stanley collections. View full size.

 

Belle Up to the Bar: 1956

Belle Up to the Bar: 1956

Georgia circa 1956, and some Junior League types at a country-clubby looking bar with an unusual picture-in-picture mural. The tumblers say "Auburn." 4x5 acetate negative from the News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Three Babes and a Buick: 1926

Three Babes and a Buick: 1926

San Francisco, 1926. "Girls in Buick at Golden Gate Park." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.

 

Ermine & Alligator: 1925

Ermine & Alligator: 1925

From around 1925 comes this uncaptioned 6x8 glass negative of Milady and her motorcar somewhere in San Francisco. View full size.

 

The Nightcap: 1955

The Nightcap: 1955

August 1955. "Actress Marilyn Monroe in bed." Color transparency from photos by Milton Greene for the Look magazine assignment "The New Marilyn Monroe." Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection. View full size.

 
 
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