Shorpy


Shorpy June 17, 2017

August 1940. “Extremely tall and excellent corn is also grown on the King and Anderson cotton plantation near Clarksdale. Mississippi Delta, Mississippi.” Here we see an early attempt at portable “personal corn.” Medium format negative by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration.


 
 

Back to the days of the blacksmith: The only tools seen here are two hammers, a wrench and a broom.
December 1942. “Working on a locomotive at the 40th Street Shops, Chicago & North Western R.R.” Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

Shorpy June 16, 2017

“Lansburgh children, between February 1894 and February 1901.” 5×7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


 
 

Kansas City, Mo., circa 1906. “Kansas City Club, Wyandotte and 12th.” We count three up and three down. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.


 
 

Charleston, South Carolina, 1937. “Old House, Henrietta and Elizabeth streets.” 8×10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.

Shorpy June 15, 2017

August 1918. “In the kitchen preparing food for wounded American soldiers in U.S. Army Base Hospital No. 41, at St. Denis, France. This was formerly a school for about 500 daughters of French army officers and officers of the Legion of Honor, and has now been loaned to the AMERICAN RED CROSS, which has equipped the building for the use of the U.S. Army.” 5×7 glass negative.


 
 

An old-school gasworks (back in the days before the widespread use of natural gas) where coal was heated to produce “city gas” or “illuminating gas,” which was so poisonously toxic that people inhaled it to commit suicide (“taking the gas pipe”). The tank-like structure, called a gasometer or gas holder, telescoped up and down depending on how much gas was inside, its weight serving to pressurize the system and push gas through the lines.
1937. “Charlotte Street Gas Works, Charleston, South Carolina.” 8×10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.


 
 

April 1943. The PBR R.R.: “Pabst Beer sign over the Illinois Central freight yard at South Water Street, Chicago.” Kodachrome by Jack Delano.


 
 

February 16, 1951. “Hahne & Co. department store in Montclair, New Jersey. Toward escalator. Fellheimer & Wagner, client.” Miss Marsha White, about to step out. Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.

Shorpy June 14, 2017

San Francisco, 1925. “Overland Six sedan.” Latest entry on the Shorpy Shortlist of Incognito Conveyances. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.


 
 

1937. “Legges House (rear), 101 East Bay Street, Charleston, South Carolina.” 8×10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.

Shorpy June 13, 2017

“Kelly, J.T. (children). Between February 1894 and February 1901.” 5×7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


 
 

June 1942. Greenbelt, Maryland. “Grandma Taylor blows out the candles on her 83rd birthday cake while her daughter, Mrs. McCarl, and grandson look on.” Photo by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information.


 
 

Wellington, New Zealand, circa 1957. “Bond Street, formerly known as Old Customhouse Street, photographed between 1956 and 1961 by Gordon Burt. Shows a narrow city lane.” National Library of New Zealand.


 
 

A post first seen here ten years ago, saluting road-trippers everywhere. Everyone buckled up? Let’s go!
“Great Falls, Montana. Return after 3 wks Vacation. June 27, 1964.” This Kodachrome is from a box of vacation slides I found on eBay.

Shorpy June 12, 2017

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. “Garage elevator wreck.” Coming back up will be trickier, if less spectacular. National Photo Co. glass negative.


 
 

Washington, D.C., circa 1926. “Planograph Building, L Street N.E.” Where business was flat. 8×10 inch glass negative, National Photo Co.

Shorpy June 11, 2017

Shorpy: Adam West

Adam West, the classically handsome actor who turned a comic-book superhero into live-action Pop Art in the 1960s television series “Batman,” died on Friday in Los Angeles. He was 88.


 
 

March 1966. “Actor Adam West on the set of the movie Batman and making public appearances.” Photo by Richard Hewett for Look magazine.


 
 

Adam West on the set of the movie “Batman” in 1966. From a series of photos taken by Richard Hewett for Look magazine.

Shorpy June 10, 2017

Birthplace of the Old-Fashioned, the Pendennis Club, established in 1881 as a “private club for white gentlemen of high social standing,” took its name from Thackeray’s novel “Pendennis.”
Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. “Pendennis Club, West Walnut Street.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


 
 

San Francisco circa 1920. “Mercer four-passenger coupe.” At the vine-covered California Club. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.


 
 

February 16, 1951. “Hahne & Co. department store in Montclair, New Jersey. Staircase II. Fellheimer & Wagner, client.” 4×5 acetate negative.

Shorpy June 09, 2017

1908. “Arnold Park — Rochester, N.Y.” Our title comes from the traffic sign on the median. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.


 

Circa 1910. “Hall of Records (Surrogate’s Courthouse), New York, N.Y.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


 

April 1943. “Women workers employed as wipers in the roundhouse having lunch in their rest room, Chicago & North Western Railroad, Clinton, Iowa.” Marcella Hart is at left, Mrs. Elibia Siematter at right. Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.