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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • VITAL TO VICTORY: WWII

Easter in New York: 1904

Easter in New York: 1904

New York, 1904. "A flower vender's Easter display, Union Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Bunny Huggers: 1950

Bunny Huggers: 1950

Somewhere in Wisconsin circa 1950. "Mike and Mr. Rabbit." Happy Easter weekend from Shorpy! 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Plaza de la Constitucion: 1897

Plaza de la Constitucion: 1897

Florida circa 1897. "The Plaza, St. Augustine." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Old New Ulm: 1899

Old New Ulm: 1899

New Ulm, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Main Street." Showcasing the latest in electric illumination. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Spring Unfolds: 1959

Spring Unfolds: 1959

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1959. Since the days of "Rebel Without a Cause," one staple of Young Adult pop culture has been the drama inherent in that evergreen premise, Which boy will win the flower-arranging contest? The two young men shown here appear to have ribboned on the theme of "Spring Unfolds" -- at right with a creation titled "Rocket to Moon"; on the left with a nautical floral composition featuring a beached cabin cruiser, the "Fair Lady." 4x5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive. View full size.

 

Broadway From Above: 1903

Broadway From Above: 1903

New York circa 1903. "Looking up Broadway from City Hall." With a view of the National Shoe & Leather Bank, and a roving vendor of DESKS. View full size.

 

Birthing a Boeing: 1942

Birthing a Boeing: 1942

December 1942. "Production. B-17 heavy bomber. A skilled team of men and women workers at the Boeing plant in Seattle complete assembly and fitting operations on the interior of a fuselage section for a new B-17F (Flying Fortress) bomber. About half of the workers at the Boeing plant are women. The Flying Fortress has performed with great credit in the South Pacific, over Germany and elsewhere. It is a four-engine heavy bomber capable of flying high altitudes." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Chicago Bound: 1960

Chicago Bound: 1960

January 16, 1960. It was about 1 o'clock on a cool, crisp, sunny Saturday afternoon at the Lake Bluff stop of the Chicago, North Shore and Milwaukee interurban railroad. The North Shore was one of America's very last operating interurbans when I photographed a group of cadets from the nearby Great Lakes Naval Training Center climbing aboard a southbound train for a weekend of fun and relaxation in downtown Chicago. The attentive motorman is keeping an eye on the conductor for the two-bell start signal while at the same time observing what I was doing with my camera. The once busy line was abandoned three years later, almost to the day. 35mm Kodachrome by William D. Volkmer. View full size.

 
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