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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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Cannery Row: 1912

Cannery Row: 1912

February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "'We give them houses to live in.' About 50 persons housed in this miserable row of dilapidated shacks located on an old shell-pile and partly surrounded by a tidal marsh. Maggioni Canning Co." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Close to Catfish Row?

In case you have never seen it, the musical (story of) "Porgy and Bess" depicts just such a desperately miserable neighborhood called Catfish Row in the slums of Charleston, S. C. The music is outstanding and the characters are unforgettable. I highly recommend it either via live performance or the movie; it will stay with you.

Old Dutch Cleanser

The woman from Old Dutch Cleanser to the rescue.

Boot Camp

Port Royal South Carolina is the home of The United States Marine Corps Recruit Training Center, Parris Island.

The facility was called Marine Barracks Port Royal 100 years ago (Grandfather was there in 1915).

For Bob, the glass always was half full

"Hey, look! No lawn to mow."

SHORPY OLD 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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