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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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Holdouts: 1935

Holdouts: 1935

October 1935. "One of the few remaining inhabitants of Zinc, Arkansas, deserted mining town." View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn.

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Native Zincan

My father was born in Zinc in 1938.

Zinc Pic

Yeah, what the "Arresting" comment said. Wow. All this great stuff, and nooooo Photoshop. I am continually humbled by these.

Why can't our government fund anything worthwhile like this anymore? Can somebody please resurrect FDR for us?

[Photoshop CS3, in particular the CS3 Shadows & Highlights filter, is used on all of these photos. - Dave]

My favourites

I have to say I am finding the photos from the 30's my favourites on this site. The portraits as just stunning and this is an outstanding example of this, at once touching and gritty. Please keep up the excellent work.


As arresting for its composition and artistic merits as it is for its historical documentation. Very, very good.


Oh my. Haunting.

That Dog

I love that dog in the background, lying on the porch just behind his shoulder. So perfect.

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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