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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

Instant Message: 1923

Instant Message: 1923

June 16, 1923. "Semaphore signals -- Boy Scouts at Lincoln Memorial." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

EVENTS
1. COMPASS
2. SEMAPHORE SIGNAL
3. FIRST AID
4. INT'N'L MORSE SIGNAL
5. FIRE BY DRILL
6. TENT PITCHING
    and (saving the best for last)
7. FIRE BEDS & WATER BOILING
 

Hudzik & Hornbrook: 1924

Hudzik & Hornbrook: 1924

August 2, 1924. Washington, D.C. "F.R. Hudzik & H.W. Hornbrook." And that's all they wrote. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Tot Couture: 1959

Tot Couture: 1959

October 23, 1959. "Bloomingdale's in Hackensack, New Jersey. Clothing, children 1 to 3. Raymond Loewy, client." This, kids, is a department in a department store, a place people went back when "shopping" meant actually leaving the house. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

American Gothic: 1940

American Gothic: 1940

December 1940. "Children in the tenement district, Brockton, Massachusetts." These houses, which look to have been built in the 1890s, must have been imposing in their day. Note the elaborate woodwork and intricate system of gutters and downspouts. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano. View full size.

 

North From Olive: 1900

North From Olive: 1900

St. Louis, Missouri, circa 1900. "Broadway north from Olive Street." A nice view of the Homeopathic Pharmacy sign. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Cinco de Mayo: 1925

Cinco de Mayo: 1925

Washington, D.C., circa 1925. "Semmes Motor Co. -- Hellmann's truck." Back when mayonnaise delivery was a thing. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Counter Spy: 1958

Counter Spy: 1958

Chicago circa 1958. "Crime" is all it says on this News Archive photo -- a whodunit whose clues are a boy, a kitchen, a box and some handcuffs. View full size.

Stings Like a B: 1942

Stings Like a B: 1942

        Time flies like B-25's. Another Kodachrome from the Early Days of Shorpy, enlarged and re-restored.

October 1942. "B-25 bomber assembly hall, North American Aviation, Kansas City." Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the OWI. View full size.

 
 
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