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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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Bedtime Story: 1914

Bedtime Story: 1914

1914. "Three kittens in nightclothes, gathered around candlestick." Just the thing to lull you to sleep. Or keep you awake. Photo by Harry W. Frees. View full size.

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Them Cats!

I realize the cats in this and similar photos aren't aware of the situation they're shown in here but I have known and loved too many dogs and cats to think that they are not capable of a sense of humor. I know better. And I know that some humans don't have a sense of humor. I still like them 'cause that's what makes them so funny.

So I love seeing these little kittens and pups in their little outfits. And, yes, I love to see the old prints of dogs playing poker.

It's all good.

This Photo Makes Me Sad

It is really sad to realize how little humans have evolved in the past century. One hundred years later, far too many people still think that stupid cat (or dog) pictures/videos are amusing and worth sharing with the rest of the world.

[Tediously trite sentiment abounds. - Dave]

You naughty kittens

You've lost your mittens!

Tell us a story, tell us a story, tell us a story ...

And then we'll go to bed!

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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