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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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Branch Campus: 1900

Branch Campus: 1900

From somewhere in New England circa 1900 comes the final plate from our recent batch of serious-looking class photos, this group being particularly well camouflaged with greenery. 5x8 inch glass negative. View full size.

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What made them so sad?

Probably the threat of 2000 lines of "I will not misbehave" on the chalkboard

Barefoot boys

The boys in the back are barelegged and don't appear to be wearing shoes, although it's hard to see. This is quite a sullen looking group even for the time.

Meeting In The Cemetery

Looks like some Zombies in the group.

The Common Theme

Of these Shorpy New Hampshire school photos is, "Gimme OLD Hampshire, now and how!"

[These school photos are more likely from Connecticut. -Dave]

They would much rather be somewhere else

Like working in the mill, or the coal mine, or maybe selling newspapers.


... straight out of Central Casting.


The boy in front of Teacher looks like he's about to get a smack in the back of his head for something.

A really good shew

Young Ed Sullivan, back row, second from left.

Anne of Green Gables

She's sitting on the rock.

I wonder

What made them so mad/sad?

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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