The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

To love him is to like him. Our goal: 100k "likes":

 
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 
 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
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.

WEB SITE & CONTENTS
© 2016 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • STOCKHOLM TRAVEL, 1936

Cyber Monday: 1924

Cyber Monday: 1924

November 24, 1924. Washington, D.C. "Computing Division, soldiers' bonus." Clerks at the "Bonus Bureau" calculating benefits for World War I veterans. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Cigarettes: 1965

Cigarettes: 1965

April 20, 1965. "Vending Machines, Cigarettes." 35mm negative by Marion S. Trikosko for U.S. News & World Report. View full size.

 

All Electric Farm: 1936

All Electric Farm: 1936

Washington, D.C., 1936. "Dept. of Interior exhibit -- kitchen at all electric farm." An early manifestation of the government's push for rural electrification, three years after the Tennessee Valley Authority was created by act of Congress. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Plug-and-Play: 1944

Plug-and-Play: 1944

June 7, 1944. "Maser Music showroom, Mission and Washburn streets, San Francisco." On display on D-Day Plus One, a selection of Wurlitzer jukeboxes and two Mills Panoram "Soundies" machines, a sort of early video jukebox that played 16mm film loops of musical acts for a dime. 8x10 inch acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Socket to Me: 1927

Socket to Me: 1927

Washington, D.C., circa 1927. "NO CAPTION [Woman holding object, probably a light bulb]." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

House of Wurlitzer: 1939

House of Wurlitzer: 1939

      "And on this latest model, they've removed the headphone jack."

San Francisco, 1939. "William Corcoran showroom, Post Street." Distributor of Wurlitzer Simplex jukeboxes as well as the Buckley Music System "Music Box," the mobile version being presented here for appraisal. 8x10 acetate negative, late of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 

Game Boy: 1924

Game Boy: 1924

Washington, D.C., 1924. "The latest in electric baseball scoreboards. George Coleman, inventor, is shown with the mechanism of the new scoreboard." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

        A backstage view of Washington, D.C., inventor George Coleman's "Lifelike Baseball Scoreboard" (seen earlier here and here), which was set up in movie theaters to "broadcast" the home team's away games. "It contains 19,000 feet of wire and has 400 stereopticon slides with an electric light bulb for each slide. Five men are required to operate the great board, including the telegraph operator who receives play-by-play from the field."

 
 
THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG
Shorpy.com | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2016 Shorpy Inc.