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About the Photos

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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Kaiserliche Marine c.1915

Kaiserliche Marine  c.1915

German Torpedo boats and U-Boats. This was possibly taken at the Adriatic seaport of Trieste. Scanned from the original German 9x12cm hand colored glass slide. Unfortunately the bottom 2cm were broken off.

Das Boot c.1915

Das Boot  c.1915

German naval and merchant marine officers on the deck of their U-Boat, possibly at the Adriatic port of Trieste. Scanned from the original German 9x12cm glass slide. View full size.

Kitty on Sundial

Kitty on Sundial

An adorable photo, from the 1940's I believe, of a Siamese kitten on top of a (birdie) sundial. From my collection of Instant Relatives photos. Wish I knew more about this one.

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

One of my "Instant Relative" photos. Always thought it's a tall pumpkin or gourd he's sitting on, but now am not so sure ... maybe a big rock? Whatever it is, he sure seems to be having fun!

HMCS Ontario at 32 knots

HMCS Ontario at 32 knots

This photo was likely taken in 1950. The cruiser HMCS Ontario was originally HMS Minotaur before being transferred to the Canadian Navy in May 1945. After the war she became a training ship with the Canadian Navy. This photo was clearly taken on or near the bridge of the ship. The caption written on the photo has the name "Antigonish" crossed out and replaced with "Ontario." Since HMCS Antigonish was a single gun River Class frigate while HMCS Ontario mounted nine 6" guns in three turrets, it suggests that the person who wrote the caption wasn't in the Navy, though the photographer clearly was.

King of the Wild Frontier: 1963

King of the Wild Frontier: 1963

Entrance to Frontierland, August 1963. Disneyland was my favorite place in the whole world even before I ever got there. Over the course of several trips starting in 1960, I took hundreds of color slides, but apparently this Kodachrome is the only photo actually showing me there. The first one who spots me gets a free E ticket for the Mine Train Through Nature's Wonderland.

The Perfect Cleaning Service - c.1900

The Perfect Cleaning Service - c.1900

Scanned from the original 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | 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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