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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE FRENCH RIVIERA: 1952

Mamacare: 1921

Mamacare: 1921

Washington, D.C., circa 1921. "Garfield Hospital." Where Mother and Baby are doing fine. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 
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May I have an extra pillow?

In the 1940s my mother-in-law (b. 1923) worked as a nurse in Germany. She described how, in those days, new mothers were required to lie flat as they “recovered” for up to a week in the hospital. After so many mothers died of pneumonia, it was finally determined that the prolonged bed rest actually contributed to the high death rate.

We now know better. As anyone who has had surgery (even major surgery) knows, they get you up and walking right away, even on the day of surgery.

 
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Shorpy.com | 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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