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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 • BUENOS AIRES, c. 1950

Pretty Girls

Sweet Sweeper: 1940

Sweet Sweeper: 1940

Summer 1940. Washington, D.C. "Modeling blue dress made from sugar sacks, designed for a high school girl on a low income by graduate students of the Department of Clothing and Textiles, School of Home Economics, University of Alabama. Total cost of materials was three dollars and eighteen cents." Photo by John Collier for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Cimarron or Bust: 1939

Cimarron or Bust: 1939

August 1939. "Statue by local artist. Cimarron, New Mexico." Medium format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Pants on Fire: 1959

Pants on Fire: 1959

Alameda County, California, 1959. "29th Annual Newark Fireman's Ball." At center, fireman Ed Brazil. 4x5 inch acetate negative. View full size.

 

Aloha Girls: 1948

Aloha Girls: 1948

June 22, 1948. "Pretty Hawaiian girls," from Look magazine. View full size.

 

Miss Valentine: 1900

Miss Valentine: 1900

        Happy Valentine's Day from Shorpy (and Happy 11th Birthday to us!)

"Valentine, Miss. Between February 1894 and February 1901." 5x7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Queen Marlene: 1962

Queen Marlene: 1962

        Reigning Queen -- Marlene Schmidt of Stuttgart, Germany, who is Miss Universe 1961, will yield the traditional crown and sceptre to her successor on the "Miss Universe Beauty Pageant" broadcast on the CBS Television Network Saturday, July 14 (10-11:30 PM, EDT).

July 1962. "Miss Universe 1961 Marlene Schmidt, full-length portrait, wearing crown, swimsuit, royal robe and holding scepter." UPI Telephoto. View full size.

 

Betty in a Buick: 1954

Betty in a Buick: 1954

1954. "Actress Betty White rehearsing and performing on her local Los Angeles daytime television show." Look magazine 35mm negative. View full size.

The Winter of 65

The Winter of 65

October 1942. "Health measures for low indoor temperatures. Planning to spend a winter evening at home? Better dress for it the way these attractive government workers do, for homes will be kept to 65 degrees this year due to Federal fuel oil limitation orders. Slacks and warm robes mean comfort under lower temper­atures." Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

 
 
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