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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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Veterans: 1918

Veterans: 1918

"Walter Reed Hospital, 1918-19." Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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The Birth of Occupational Therapy

Wow! This was a picture I had not run across before. This picture was taken about a year after OT was established as a formal profession. As an occupational therapist and a veteran this picture means a lot to me. Thanks for sharing such an important part of American history!

Spooky and Then Some

Yes, how do you suppose that poor fellow wound up with a window sash growing out of his temple.

Handy Rehab

Perhaps they look so pleased because the textile crafts rehab is working well for them. Some years ago the husband of a friend of mine had a pretty severe stroke that retired him from his high-level engineering consultancy. His wife had been a nurse, and had developed a business as an West Asian carpets broker. She put him to work repairing the fringes and bindings on old Turkish and Persian carpets, which is fairly simple but very time-consuming. It was really hard for him at first, but within a few months he had regained an impressive level of not just hand mobility but metal acuity as well, and continued to improve long after that from what had originally been assessed as incurable damage. He had that glad look too when I saw him. Every day was a good day.

Crafty Folk

It's strange to see so many men sitting doing handicrafts. I can see loom knitting, knitting, tatting (or is it bobbin lace?), and weaving. Not many men would want to be photographed doing that today. I knew a fellow from WWII who became an avid weaver after using weaving for rehab after being injured in the war in the UK.


Maybe second guy from left didn't make it back after all.

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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