SHORPY Historic Photo Archive & Fine-Art Prints
 
The Shorpy Archive
 
6000+ fine-art prints suitable for framing. Desk-size to sofa-size and larger, on archival paper or canvas.
 
Join and Share

 
Social Shorpy

  
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Syndicate content
Daily e-mail updates:

 
 
 

 
Member Photos


Photos submitted by Shorpy members.

 
Colorized Photos


Colorized photos submitted by members.

 
About the Photos

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.

WEB SITE & CONTENTS
© 2018 SHORPY INC.

[REV 25-NOV-2014]

 
randomness
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, 1939

8:04 at the Store

8:04 at the Store

Just recently lucky enough to win this (and others) on eBay. Probably late 1940's early 1950's. View full size.

Picture Spot

Picture Spot

From a 3x4" photograph found in an antique store. View full size.

Well, Well: 1957

Well, Well: 1957

My father took this picture of me and my mother exploring a wishing well that had been overgrown with ivy. She picked me up so I could see the water and bucket that was in the well.

Bath Time For Baby: 1954

Bath Time For Baby: 1954

The Levittowner homes in Pennsylvania only had one bathroom. It had gray nine inch metal wall tiles and ivory fixtures. As a baby I was often set in the bathroom sink to have my face washed for bed. In this picture, snapped by my father (who I am looking at) she seems to be washing my southern half, rather than my face.

Rugrat's Eye View: 1954

Rugrat's Eye View: 1954

Either my mother wore her black and white polka dot shirt very frequently when I was a baby, or this photo that my father took from the perspective I would have had when I crawled, was taken on the same day as my mother washed me in the bathroom sink.

Special Dinner Out: 1953

Special Dinner Out: 1953

This shot of an extended-family special "dinner out" from 1953 was passed to me by my cousin recently (who is also in this picture), 65 years ago. I'm the high-chair scowling toddler at the far end of the table while my older brothers, parents, cousin, aunt and uncle are on the right. My maternal grandparents, aunts, uncle and cousin are on the left. An uncle took the shot (the funeral director uncle that impressed me as a car-crazed kid with his two 1958 black Cadillacs for his business, one of them seen here.

This was apparently a very special dinner out, as we almost never went out for meals as a kid or teenager. View full size.

Show Some Knee: 1944

Show Some Knee: 1944

When Harriet was college age, my fourteen-year-old mother (far left) was in junior high school. Maybe she and her friends also sat on steps at their school, and read books. But here they hiked up their skirts, in unison, in front of my mother’s Brooklyn, NY apartment building, to show some knee. View full size.

Hunter Gals: 1944

Hunter Gals: 1944

My mother’s older sister Harriet attended Hunter College, where apparently everybody sat around on the steps and read books. I like this picture because of its photo composition, and the period clothes and hair. My best guess is that Harriet took it of her friends, though that could be Harriet in the dark suit on the far right, and one of her friends took this picture of her. View full size.

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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.

Syndicate content RSS | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Photo Use | © 2018 Shorpy Inc.
sphere