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.
Vintage photos of:
San Francisco circa 1930s. "Locomobile 90 Victoria Sedan." With a factory price of $7300, this giant Series 90 Victoria came at the end of the road for the revered Locomobile brand, whose last cars rolled off the assembly line in 1929. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Christopher Helin, scanned by Shorpy. View full size.
Silent film star known as "The Girl with the Bee-Stung Lips" or, less painfully, "The Gardenia of the Screen." Or maybe: "Screen Star Enveloped in Swarm of Gardenia-Loving, Lip-Stinging Bees."
San Francisco circa 1925. "Film star Mae Murray and Duesenberg auto." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection. View full size.