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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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Key West: 1957

Key West: 1957

April 1957. "Mom's birthday, Key West, Florida." From Set 3 of found 35mm Kodachrome slides. View full size. No horseplay in the pool, kids!

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Those were the days

When we content to just go to a motel like this for our holidays and just lie in the sun. I love the way all the chairs are facing that palm tree. Like it's the focal point of their garden.

Key West 1957

I wonder what motel this is--they do have a PA speaker up there to the right. Maybe it's playing the top 40 from 1957!

[What if we looked on eBay for Key West motel postcards. - Dave]

Eve of the Great Society

There's something about this picture that just sums up everything in the American climate that led up to the Great Society about ten years from now. It's so eerie.

Garrett Dash Nelson

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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