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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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Insta-Crib: 1938

Insta-Crib: 1938

1938. "New York, New York. A boy sleeping at his home on East 62nd (or 63rd) Street." Medium format acetate negative by Sheldon Dick. View full size.

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Down Will Come Baby

My first bed was the top drawer of a chest of drawers and only through dumb luck did I survive to this day. My big sister (4 years old) wanted to get a closer look at her new brother so she pulled out the drawer as far as it could go and gravity took over.

This took place in an upstairs rented room and of course caused a loud boom and the cries of two young children. My parents and the married couple who we were renting from came running upstairs fearing the worst but only saw two crying children and a toppled chest.

I have never let my sister forget she tried to get rid of me. It's been a great line to win friendly arguments or get favors from her for over 70 years.

A tragic end for Sheldon Dick

Too poor to afford a blanket

Young fella is tucked in with what looks to be Mom's winter coat.

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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