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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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The Crying Boy: 1920

The Crying Boy: 1920

"Boy Crying (1920)" is all the caption card has to say about this enigmatic scene. Cheer up, Bub. View full size. National Photo Company Collection.

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Back to school

Boy on the first day back to school after summer vacation?

I think he's crying because

... someone dumped a bag of powdered sugar on him.

The real reason

Those aren't smudges in the picture around his shirt; it's smoke. He's seconds away from spontaneous human combustion.

"How do I get to the Susquehanna Hat Company?"

Nope, He Just Found Out...

The 1919 World Series was fixed.

He just found out

there would be no jello for dessert either!

Are you sure he's crying?

Are you sure he's crying? Maybe he's laughing really hard and the tears are running down his cheeks because he just watched someone slip on a banana peel or something...

Poor kid

His tires never showed up in the mail.

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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