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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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Queen of Clubs: 1914

Queen of Clubs: 1914

1914. "Illustration for McClure's magazine." (Disclaimer: No models were harmed in the making of this picture.) Glass negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

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"Imaginary Photographs"

Illustrating "Can We Foretell the Future?" in the December 1914 issue of McClure's. "She was found with a Queen of Clubs pinned to her breast by a dagger which had transfixed her heart."


We have (for 1914) a major wardrobe malfunction here!

No Models Harmed

but a perfectly good deck of cards has been rendered useless.

If one were looking for an illustration for the dictionary definition of "lurid," I think this might do handsomely.

The Princess Bride

This photo immediately brought to mind the line, "There's a shortage of perfect breasts in this world, it would be a pity to damage yours."


I would be willing to wager that the model did not use this pic for her holiday card.

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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