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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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Photographers

  • True Blue: 1943

    A. Palmer

    Alfred T. Palmer (1906-1993). Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    157 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 06/01/2018 - 4:51pm

  • Choirboys: 1940

    A. Rothstein

    Arthur Rothstein (1915-1985). This American photographer covered everything from the Dust Bowl for the Farm Security Administration to news stories for Look magazine. Arthur Rothstein grew up in the Bronx and attended Columbia University where he helped found the University Camera Club. Arthur Rothstein later worked the Columbia University School of Journalism.

    357 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/26/2018 - 5:23pm

  • Rotorua Express: 1909

    A.P. Godber

    Glass plate negatives taken circa 1899-1946 by New Zealand Railways employee Albert Percy Godber (1875-1949). Credit: Godber Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

    4 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 06/20/2014 - 6:35am

  • Banded Brothers: 1905

    Adam Maclay

    Photographer in Christchurch, New Zealand. Adam Maclay Collection, Alexander Turnbull Library.

    20 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/17/2014 - 7:03pm

  • Fear Factor: 1942

    Albert Fenn

    Office of War Information photos from the winter of 1941-42 documenting "the life of Negroes in New York, their professions, occupations, and recreational activities."

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 04/16/2014 - 1:57pm

  • Iron Maidens: 1942

    Albert Freeman

    Office of War Information photographer during WW2.

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/21/2018 - 11:09am

  • Landing Party: 1863

    Alexander Gardner

    Alexander Gardner (1821-1882), Civil War photographer. Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    16 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/28/2018 - 12:58pm

  • We (Heart) Marilyn: 1953

    Alfred Eisenstaedt

    Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995). Images from the Time-Life archive.

    4 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/12/2011 - 1:41pm

  • Air Power: 1942

    Andreas Feininger

    Andreas Feininger (1906-1999). Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    37 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/19/2018 - 7:19pm

  • The Junkman Cometh: 1942

    Ann Rosener

    Ann Rosener. Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    48 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 06/10/2018 - 11:01pm

  • Masques de Guerre: 1918

    ANRC

    Images from the American National Red Cross Photograph Collection at the Library of Congress. Includes glass negatives taken in France during World War I.

    18 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 01/09/2018 - 2:56pm

  • Leaving Manzanar: 1943

    Ansel Adams

    Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    14 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 10/07/2008 - 12:15am

  • Lover Boy: 1918

    Arnold Genthe

    Prussian-born American photographer (1869-1942).

    48 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:24pm

  • Stubbed Toccata: 1942

    Arthur Siegel

    Arthur Siegel, photographer for the Office of War Information. Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    52 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 10/13/2017 - 7:20pm

  • The New Frontier: 1963

    Balthazar Korab

    1926-2013. Hungarian-born architectural photographer who began working for Eero Saarinen at his office in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in 1955.

    17 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 11/09/2014 - 9:36am

  • Miss Valentine: 1900

    Bell Studio

    Glass plate negatives circa 1873-1916 from the portrait studio of Washington, D.C., photographer Charles Milton Bell (1848-1893) and its successors.

    35 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 02/14/2018 - 3:17pm

  • The Merry Fiddler: 1937

    Ben Shahn

    Ben Shahn (1898-1969), Lithuanian-born artist and photographer. Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    88 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 05/07/2014 - 1:20pm

  • INSPECTION: 1936

    Berenice Abbott

    Photographs taken for the Federal Art Project, now in the Changing New York Collection of the New York Public Library.

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 02/13/2016 - 4:06pm

  • The Bright Side: 1918

    C. Helin

    Photos from glass negatives attributed to Christopher Helin, automotive writer and travel editor of the San Francisco Examiner from around 1915 to 1930.

    289 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 07/17/2018 - 9:46am

  • The Privy Chamber: 1935

    Carl Mydans

    Carl Mydans (1907-2004). Images from the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Online Catalog.

    67 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 07/25/2018 - 1:34pm

  • Library of Congress: 2007

    Carol M. Highsmith

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/31/2010 - 11:54am

  • Swamp Dwellers: 1939

    David Myers

    12 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 01/29/2018 - 3:03pm

  • Sleeps With the Fishes: 1940

    Dick Sheldon

    1 photo in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/14/2011 - 9:09pm

  • Melon Munchkins: 1939

    Dorothea Lange

    Dorothea Lange (1895-1965). This socially conscious documentarian of Dust Bowl migrants in the 1930s took one of the most famous photographs of the Depression era, Migrant Mother. Born on May 26, 1895, in Hoboken, New Jersey, Lange learned photography at Columbia University in New York. During the Great Depression she worked for the Farm Security Administration documenting the plight of the unemployed, homeless and migrant laborers. Lange died on October 11, 1965, in San Francisco.

    261 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 07/04/2018 - 1:07pm

  • Bustling Burlington: 1911

    DPC

    Glass negatives from the Detroit Photographic / Detroit Publishing collection at the Library of Congress. These glass plates were the starting point for the millions of colored postcards sold by Detroit Publishing in the early years of the 20th century. The images were made using Detroit Publishing's patented Photochrom process.

    In 1939, a year before his death, Detroit Publishing partner William Henry Jackson, whose western plates formed the basis of the company's holdings in its early days, gave the negatives and prints to the Edison Institute (now known as the Henry Ford Museum) in Dearborn, Michigan. In 1949, the Edison Institute gave all of the negatives and many duplicate photographs to the Colorado Historical Society. The Colorado Historical Society transferred most of the negatives and prints for sites east of the Mississippi to the Library of Congress later that year.

    2889 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/14/2018 - 5:07pm

  • The Apprentices: 1897

    E.H. Hart

    42 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 04/11/2017 - 1:05pm

  • The Homestead: 1895

    E.M. Douglas

    Edward M. Douglas (1857-1936), U.S. Geological Survey employee whose circa 1895 glass plates depict his family and home in Takoma Park, Maryland.

    9 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 06/29/2015 - 2:17pm

  • Navajo Riders: 1904

    Edward Curtis

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 07/27/2017 - 3:14pm

  • Chickenville: 1936

    Edwin Locke

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/11/2017 - 6:17pm

  • The Corduroy Kid: 1941

    Edwin Rosskam

    45 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/12/2018 - 4:15pm

  • The Ascent of Man: 1943

    Esther Bubley

    130 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 06/11/2018 - 2:08pm

  • Written on the Wind: 1907

    F. Holland Day

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/14/2017 - 9:53pm

  • Oh Henry: 1928

    F.B. Johnston

    Photographs of the pioneering feminist Frances Benjamin Johnston, commissioned by the Carnegie Survey of the Architecture of the South.

    163 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 04/14/2018 - 10:20pm

  • Bananamerica: 1942

    Fenno Jacobs

    25 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/18/2017 - 4:17pm

  • The Reaper

    Fitz W. Guerin

    Fitz W. Guerin (1846 -1903). Images from the Library of Congress

    14 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 12/09/2009 - 10:31am

  • Eagle-Picher: 1943

    Fritz Henle

    18 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/15/2018 - 11:38am

  • Chinatown: 1911

    G.G. Bain

    Photos taken mostly in and around New York City by newsphoto pioneer George Grantham Bain's Bain News Service.

    659 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 04/10/2018 - 2:41pm

  • A Yankee in Dixie: 1865

    Geo. Barnard

    28 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 03/21/2017 - 9:32pm

  • Smoke Signal: 1900

    Gertrude Kasebier

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 06/06/2017 - 1:20pm

  • Bread, Brooms & Beyond: 1942

    Gordon Parks

    50 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/17/2018 - 11:08am

  • Radio City Music Hall: 1932

    Gottscho-Schleisner

    244 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/13/2018 - 10:12pm

  • Jokey Salts: 1942

    H. Hollem

    56 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/26/2016 - 10:52pm

  • The Final Cut: 1960

    HABS

    Historic American Buildings Survey

    33 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 09/25/2016 - 7:48pm

  • Wed on Their Feet: 1923

    Harris + Ewing

    Harris & Ewing black-and-white photographs imaged directly from large-format glass negatives. The photographs were made by the prominent Washington, D.C., photo studio founded in 1905 by George Harris and Martha Ewing. Harris & Ewing glass plates currently residing in the Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Collection.

    995 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 07/24/2018 - 10:32am

  • Cat Wedding: 1914

    Harry W. Frees

    The novelty photos of Harry Whittier Frees (1879-1953), whose posed puppies and kittens illustrated postcards and children's books.

    30 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/19/2018 - 1:54pm

  • The Old Noodle: 1942

    Howard Liberman

    9 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 09/21/2017 - 11:18pm

  • Too Tall to Fail: 1931

    Irving Underhill

    15 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 08/19/2016 - 8:54pm

  • Off Broadway: 1942

    J. Collier

    125 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 06/10/2018 - 1:35pm

  • Groundhog Day: 1939

    Jack Allison

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/02/2018 - 7:11am

  • Fanny Parrott: 1941

    Jack Delano

    1914-1997. Born Jacob Ovcharov in Kiev, Ukraine. Farm Security Administration photographer noted for his work in Puerto Rico. Here at Shorpy, his large-format Kodachromes of trains and railroads are among the most popular posts.

    398 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 07/11/2018 - 9:58pm

  • Harpers Ferry: 1865

    James Gardner

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 05/19/2008 - 11:37pm

  • A. Foulke: 1864

    James Gibson

    8 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 06/15/2012 - 1:08am

  • Deadwood: 1890

    John Grabill

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 01/19/2014 - 10:25am

  • At Rest: 1948

    John M. Fox

    Mid-century New York photographer whose address was 1175 Park Avenue.

    26 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 04/18/2015 - 9:29am

  • American Pickers: 1943

    John Vachon

    271 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 03/15/2018 - 10:34pm

  • Deck the Hall: 1943

    Joseph Horne

    11 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 12/06/2017 - 11:36am

  • Julius Shulman: 1910-2009

    Julius Shulman

    6 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 09/13/2011 - 12:12pm

  • Sunshine & Shadow: 1916

    Lewis Hine

    Photos taken by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Commission and its report to Congress.

    541 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 08/16/2018 - 7:57pm

  • We (Heart) Marilyn: 1953

    LIFE

    Life magazine photo archive.

    28 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/12/2011 - 1:41pm

  • Cafe Jetson: 1959

    LOOK

    Photos taken by various photographers for Look magazine in the 1940s, '50s and '60s.

    243 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 07/16/2018 - 10:53am

  • The Children's Army: 1942

    Louise Rosskam

    12 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/26/2017 - 11:23am

  • Naval Exercises: 1942

    Lt. Whitman

    Office of War Information photographer assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 02/20/2015 - 2:36pm

  • Co-op Regular: 1938

    M.P. Wolcott

    136 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 06/08/2018 - 3:12pm

  • Red, White and Blue: 1956

    Margaret Bourke-White

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 11/28/2008 - 5:53pm

  • American Pickers: 1943

    Marjory Collins

    105 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 06/09/2018 - 10:34am

  • Good Humor Boys: 1941

    Martha Roberts

    Photographs by Martha McMillan Roberts.

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 08/16/2018 - 10:58am

  • XX-Men: 1865

    Mathew Brady

    11 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 11/25/2012 - 3:16pm

  • Imperial Air: 1931

    Matson

    30 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 01/21/2015 - 11:37am

  • Hilltop House: 1960

    Maynard L. Parker

    (1900-1976) Architectural photographer who was among the pre-eminent contributors to House Beautiful and similar publications in midcentury America.

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 03/07/2015 - 10:30pm

  • Jeté-Propelled: 1925

    Natl Photo

    Photographs taken in and near Washington, D.C., by the National Photo Co., whose archive of thousands of negatives (mostly glass plates) and prints was donated by proprietor Herbert E. French to the Library of Congress in 1947.

    1988 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 07/23/2018 - 2:38pm

  • Dixie Chicks: 1955

    News Photo Archive

    4x5 negatives retired from the archives of U.S. newspapers, acquired and scanned by Shorpy. So far the bulk of the images seem to be from either Chicagoland or Columbus, Georgia. There are also dozens of car-accident photos from Oakland, California, which have their own sub-gallery (Signal 30).

    168 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 05/18/2018 - 6:31pm

  • Harvard Eddie: 1911

    Paul Thompson

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 08/12/2012 - 3:27pm

  • Personal Chemistry: 1943

    Philip Bonn

    7 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 10/16/2017 - 4:41am

  • Florida Football: 1955

    Phillip Harrington

    Photos of a young Elvis Presley.

    22 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 09/25/2017 - 11:56am

  • Tub Time: 1942

    Ralph Amdursky

    Photos for the U.S. Office of War Information of the Babcocks, a "typical war worker's family" living in Rochester, New York.

    11 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 09/07/2017 - 9:05pm

  • Downhill Slider: 1944

    Richard Boyer

    2 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 05/27/2017 - 10:28am

  • Apache Beer: 1940

    Russell Lee

    488 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/15/2018 - 6:09pm

  • Tyres & Fittings: 1910

    S.F. Webb

    Glass plates by New Zealand photographer Steffano Francis Webb.

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 08/13/2013 - 3:30pm

  • The Parapet: 1865

    Sam Cooley

    12 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 02/24/2014 - 5:38pm

  • Strike Lounge: 1937

    Sheldon Dick

    3 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 08/07/2013 - 10:12am

  • Lil Champ: 1947

    Stanley Kubrick

    11 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 04/28/2017 - 7:40am

  • Room to Read: 1950

    Theodor Horydczak

    65 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 07/14/2018 - 2:17pm

  • Feed Shed: 1936

    Theodor Jung

    13 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 12/04/2011 - 11:17am

  • Requiem Aeternam: 1865

    Thomas Roche

    5 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 09/11/2011 - 11:51am

  • At Ease: 1863

    Timothy O'Sullivan

    24 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Tue, 05/27/2014 - 8:41am

  • The Aviatrix: 1939

    Toni Frissell

    22 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Wed, 05/16/2018 - 3:38pm

  • Stakes and a Grille: 1940

    W. Stanley

    Large-format negatives, purchased from the estate of Marilyn Blaisdell and scanned by Shorpy, that were once part of the Wyland Stanley Collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia.

    109 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sat, 08/11/2018 - 12:17pm

  • The Black Cat: 1936

    Walker Evans

    Walker Evans (1903-1975) is best know for his photography for the Farm Security Administration. Walker Evans was born on November 3, 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, and began taking photographs in 1928. During the Great Depression Walker Evans worked for the FSA documenting the hardships and poverty of the era, focusing on the rural south. Walker Evans died April 10, 1975.

    50 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Mon, 10/31/2016 - 9:49am

  • Old-School Barbecue: Planked Shad

    William Cruikshank

    4 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 07/29/2012 - 7:42pm

  • Prince Albert: 1964

    William Gedney

    19 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 07/20/2012 - 9:05pm

  • To the Other Side: 1865

    William Morris Smith

    2 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Thu, 08/09/2012 - 5:31pm

  • Stairway to Heaven: 1897

    Wm. H. Jackson

    William Henry Jackson (1843-1942), pioneering landscape photographer whose glass negatives formed a major part of the Detroit Publishing Company's holdings.

    120 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Sun, 07/29/2018 - 9:04pm

  • Train Wreck: 1900

    Wright Brothers

    11 photos in this gallery

    Last updated: Fri, 01/12/2018 - 10:26pm

 
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