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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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Maryland Junk: 1937

Maryland Junk: 1937

October 1937. "Houses near the railroad tracks. Hagerstown, Maryland." Our title comes from the storefront on the left. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

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C.G. Dodson's World's Fair Shows

Former performers and their descendants have quite a visible and thriving presence online.

The poster in the window on the right is here.

Like an Edward Hopper Painting!

What a beautiful composition! It reminds me of an Edward Hopper painting, particularly his "Early Sunday Morning" (1930), now at the Whitney Museum of American Art. What the museum's website says about Hopper could be equally applied to Rothstein's photograph: it has an "emphasis on simplified forms, painterly surfaces, and studiously constructed compositions."

Important Anniversary

Note the sign announcing a commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Antietam the previous month. There were many souvenirs of this event, one of the last times that living veterans were able to meet. Among these commemorative pieces was a United States half dollar.

Pane full view

Maybe not much to look out toward but there is a lot to peer in to.

Two Bits no more

Even your local tonsorium had to raise prices.

High Flight

Looks like a couple of aspiring aviators sitting on the porch.

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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