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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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Mississippi Gin: 1890

Mississippi Gin: 1890

October 1890. "Mississippi cotton gin at Dahomey." Which way to the break room? 8x10 inch dry plate glass transparency by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

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In my youth, I was working a construction job at a commercial laundry. We had to install some new steam piping to an existing very large clothes dryer. I had my torch running to cut the existing pipe when it moved slightly and came in contact with some of the lint covering the inside of the dryer. I can't even begin to describe how quickly and intensely it roared into eight foot plus flames. Although the fire was over nearly as rapidly as it began when the lint was fully burned, I fully appreciated the seriousness of what just happened. I look at this scene, with everything covered in fine lint and with the building constructed of wood, and can visualize how quickly it would become a raging inferno with just a small spark/flame. Scary!

Is It Christmas?

Now I know where all those Santa Beards come from.

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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