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One Year Old: 2008

One Year Old: 2008

Shorpy is a year old today! Thanks to the many thousands of visitors and commenters and contributors who have helped make this Web site the remarkable place that it is. And of course we wouldn't be here without the efforts of the photographers whose pictures appear here, and the conservators and archivists who have preserved their work and made it available online through the Library of Congress. This might also be a good time to reflect on the life of our namesake, Shorpy Higginbotham, whose likeness animates these pages and spirit inhabits them. And now on with the show. Only a zillion more pictures to go   .  .  .

On Shorpy:
Today’s Top 5


I love looking at you site of living history. I also love finding subjects to colorize and try to bring to life. The most fun I've ever had on the computer!!


Who exactly runs this site, and who else is involved? Why were you going to call it ""? Who is Mike?

[That's what I'd like to know. - Dave]

"Happy Birthday to You "

Happy Birthday To You
Happy Birthday to youuu
Happy Birthday , Dear , a great website
Happy Birthday,


P.S Hats off to you

Happy Birthday Dear Shorpy

Thank you for the amazing work in showing us the pictures of Library of Congress. I loved the huge archive but your site is like a special guide through the database. I also noticed that the comments are adding details and new informations about the pictures, this is useful also for the Library of Congress. I loved the story of Addie Card, for instance. I check the site daily and it'a lovely pause while I am working.

You have great taste in choosing the best images and the design of the web is very nice. I hope you will keep doing this work.

I am a deputy photo editor of a national magazine in Italy and unfortunately I don't usually research so much on LOC images, but sometimes it happens. I'd like to ask you if there will be in the future a "search" option. This could be extremely useful for my work while researching archival images.

Congratulations and compliments.

All my best. Paola Vozza.

[Thanks, Paola! We already have a "search" option. - Dave]

Happy Birthday

Like everyone has mentioned, happy 1st birthday and I hope this is the start of something long lasting. It is a treat to drop by every few days and see the wonderful photos - and read the many comments from folks who know the details within these vintage images. Keep up the good work.

Dave & Ken

Thank you both, and anyone else working at Shorpy, for the Post Civil War History and Photography course. I think the regular participants should receive college credit. I can't tell you how much I enjoy my daily (and sometimes hourly) visits. Keep it up.

Me Too

Love the photos, the information, and I also enjoy the reader comments and sense of community. Thank you very much!


Shorpy is one of few sites that I have in a favorites folder named "daily".

A simple idea very well executed.

Congrats Again

One of my favorite bookmarks! – happy birthday.

Congrats and the Book

I found this site few months ago and got hooked. I pray that this site will continue another year. I am looking forward to buy the book where all photos with background information put together. It will be a great addition to my huge library.


Is it only one year? You've done an important and beautifully creative job. I'm a regular visitor and I've learned so many things and have been inspired. I love that Shorpy represents the site. He is the very courageous, indomitable symbol of working America.

Happy Birthday!

I check Shorpy for new photos almost every evening and especially love the Kodachromes. Thanks for all your hard work on this great site!


for a wonderful site! I stop by at least once per day and thoroughly enjoy these well selected and superbly presented glimpses into the past.
Denny Gill
Chugiak, Alaska


A daily pleasure for me. Thanks for a great year.

A great year!

And rest in peace, Shorpy, where ever you are. May the next life bring you happiness not found in this one.

The best site on the web

Shorpy is . . .

Only a Year?

Wow, this site's so extensive and wonderfully maintained, I thought for certain you'd been around much longer than a year! Thanks for the hard work, and congratulations!


I love Shorpy. Happy first anniversary, and may there be many, many more!

[Thanks to everyone who has signed the birthday register today! It's all a little overwhelming. - Dave]

I wish to add

My congratulations to the many others that you have received. This is a wonderful site. I visit each and every day and really appreciate the hard work that you do each day. Once more congratulations to and long may Shorpy's memorial blog continue.

Thanks Shorpy !

I would like to offer a "Toast" to Shorpy and all involved in this great website. I can't wait to get my daily dose of pictures. Hip Hip Hooray....long live the memories.


Well, it's no surprise, considering how great this site is! The real surprise would be if it was gone! Well, let's not think such ridiculous things. Happy Birthday!!!

Happy Anniversary!

I stumbled across this site quite by accident about a month ago and am absolutely addicted! I've told all my friends that they've got to check this out. Keep up the awesome work - if you don't there's going to be a lot of people in "withdrawal"!!

Congrats and Happy Birthday

You've made a fan out of me! May there be many more!

Happy Birthday

I'm new to the site, but I'm addicted! Thank you so much for all the hard work.

Thank you...

Happy birfday Shorpy! This site is the bomb and I enjoy coming here to view these little bits of our shared past!


Thank you so much for the work you do. I was admiring the photographs of Dorothea Lange and thinking about her skill in using film and light, when I realized yet again that it would not be possible to admire her work if you were not such a wizard with Photoshop and if you did not show such good judgment in its use. I appreciate your thoughtful approach to all of the material, and your wit--and your encouragement of the use of spell checkers.

Thank you

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

386 images

I've got 386 images from this site on my hard drive. I visit at least twice a day and I'm never disappointed. Here's wishing you many more.

Fantastic website! Great photographs, taking you all the way into 19th century! Congratulations!!! Wish you all the best.

Happy Birthday!

I have been checking this site daily for months. It's one of my favorite web destinations ... keep up the great work!

Happy Anniversary

This is a wonderful site and I visit it every day. Keep up the great work (please)! I have learned so much about the generation before me that I could not have ever known without this site. I am a baby boomer and remember my parents and grandparents talking about how things were when they were young. Now I can get a "picture" of how life really was then. Thank you so much.

Thank you and well done

This site is an extraordinary piece of work, one of 2-3 I visit almost every day. The combination of art, scholarship, history and commentary are almost unique. I'm looking forward to more excellence and am glad I only missed the first 11 months.


Congratulations on a year. I found this site ages ago and it's one of the first feeds I check every day.

Keep up the good work!

Congratulations and thanks!

I came across this site following a link to the "CONDEMNED TO DEATH" triptych (it is still the bookmarked page for the site).

This is my favorite website. I tell anyone who'll listen about it and I look at it at least once EVERY DAY!

I can't tell you how much I enjoy and appreciate the site.

Best to you and yours!

Happy Anniversary!

Has it only been one year? You have done a lot of work and created a blog that is a delight to visit. More than that, you have developed a community that I'm proud to be part of. Here's to many more anniversaries to come.

Thanks Shorpy

i hardly ever comment on this site, but i view it everyday. is my homepage so i see it whenever i go online. this is the perfect time to thank you for providing me with access to some of the greatest photos ever snapped on a what is undoubtedly one of the greatest sites on the web. keep em coming. i'll keep enjoying.


Congratulations! Shorpy is one of the few sites (apart from weather, traffic and work related) that I visit at least once a day. The growing collection of pictures by itself is interesting enough, but Dave's dry sense of humour is the cherry on the cake. Keep it up!

Happy Anniversary!

I love this site.


Congrats on your anniversary. I very much enjoy these slices of life, and thank you (and the LOC) for making them available to us.

¡Feliz cumpleaños!

Happy birthday to one of the most interesting sites! ¡Feliz cumpleaños!

Every single day, this site

Every single day, this site posts a picture that educates, entertains, and delights me. I've learned more about the way Americans lived from here than I ever did in history classes. Here's to many more years!

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday! You are doing a tremendous job showcasing these great pictures, thank you very much.


Excellent pages, I've been addicted for few months now. Keep that way and I will be very happy. Old photos just have that 'something'.

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday Shorpy and thanks for many wonderful hours of viewing!


Congratulations to the Shorpy staff on your one year anniversary! Keep up the excellent work.

And we wait eagerly

... for a zillion pictures to see. It's been great checking Shorpy out for last year, it will be even more so in times to come.

Happy Birthday!

Wow, has it been a year already? Amazing how time flies when you're having fun. I must say I feel horrible that I haven't submitted more of my own family photos, but life and other projects have distracted me.

But I'd like to send a bit thank you to you guys at Shorpy/Plan 59 for all the hard work you put into this site. I find it both entertaining and educational.

Don't forget to make a wish!



Congratulations on the one year mark!

This is a great, great service.

One year

Thanks to Dave and Ken for a great site, looking foward to another year of great pics and even better comments. Shorpy will always be a part of us.

Congrats on 1 year!

I have throughly enjoyed your site so far, and I can't wait to see what the next year brings.

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