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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 • HANKO SEA SPA: 1946

Portraits

Illuminata: 1913

Illuminata: 1913

Circa 1913. "Mrs. Barnwell." Positively glowing in this 5x7 glass negative by New York society photographer Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

The Music Lesson: 1953

The Music Lesson: 1953

September 2, 1953. Los Angeles, California. "Marilyn Monroe with mandolin." Color transparency by Milton H. Greene for Look magazine. View full size.

Mandolin Monroe: 1953

Mandolin Monroe: 1953

September 2, 1953. Los Angeles, California. "Marilyn Monroe with mandolin." Color transparency by Milton H. Greene for Look magazine. View full size.

Working Lunch: 1935

Working Lunch: 1935

Washington, D.C., circa 1935. "Miss Lucy Alexander, food tester, Department of Agriculture." Something of a Shorpy celebrity, last seen here and here. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Bringer of Beer: 1948

Bringer of Beer: 1948

New York circa 1948. "Ruppert Beer truck driver." Signifier of suds, augur of ale, harbinger of hops! 4x5 acetate negative by John M. Fox. View full size.

 

Captain Jack: 1915

Captain Jack: 1915

Oct. 13, 1915. "Crawford, Jack, Captain, in costume." John Wallace "Captain Jack" Crawford, celebrated Wild West storyteller and "Poet Scout" of the Civil War, two years before his death. 5x7 glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

 

Drama Queen: 1909

Drama Queen: 1909

"Washington Dramatic Club -- About Thebes." One of the players in an Egyptian-themed charity benefit staged at the Belasco Theater in April 1909 for an audience including President and Mrs. Taft. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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