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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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Fair Warning: 1940

Fair Warning: 1940

May 1940. "Filling station and general store operated by Mr. Coley. Stem, Granville County, North Carolina." Photo by Jack Delano. View full size.

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Orange Crush

why should this bottle protect me?

The brown, or amber, was introduced as a special new technique to protect the product inside from deterioration of ultra-violet light.



"Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco."

Lucky Guy!

Forest Elmo "F.E." Boone

No Filters

One of my most enduring childhood memories of my dad was a pack of Chesterfields and a Zippo lighter in his front shirt pocket. He started smoking while serving in WW2, age 17. He quit cold turkey after his heart bypass when he was 65. He lived another 20 years.

Arrow Beer

I'd never heard of it and was surprised to find it was originally made (by Globe Brewing) in my hometown of Baltimore.

Globe was founded in the mid-1700s and Arrow has a long history as a brand. Here's one page with a lot of detail on the stuff.

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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