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Shorpy May 18, 2017

Philadelphia circa 1905. “South Broad Street from City Hall.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


April 1957. “Teenage girls in car at drive-in.” From photos for the Look magazine assignment “How American Teenagers Live.”

Shorpy May 17, 2017

Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1901. “The Eastman Hotel.” Completed in 1890; demolished 1946 after serving as a hospital annex and transit hub for the military during World War 2. Panorama of three 8×10 glass negatives.


Washington, D.C., circa 1942. “Car in front of Shulman’s Market on N at Union Street S.W.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam.


Columbus, Georgia, circa 1955. “Wrecked Ford at Georgia Fender.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.

Shorpy May 16, 2017

Detroit circa 1900. “Majestic Building and Campus Martius.” The Motor City, back when bicycles and horses filled the streets. 8×10 glass negative.


Circa 1905. “Pittsburgh, Penna. — the Monongahela wharves.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company.


Remove from oven. Place on platter garnished with parsley and passive-aggression; serves your entire ungrateful family.”
Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950. “Mrs. D.L. Randall.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.

Shorpy May 15, 2017

“Lawrence, Mrs. G.W. — between February 1894 and February 1901.” 5×7 glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


August 1939. Yakima Valley, Washington. “Champion hop picker in squatter camp before the season opens. Earned five dollars a day in the 1938 season. Age 23, been on the road seven years. Married. ‘I think I did pretty well, only have one baby. Want to get out of this living like a dog’.” Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.


Washington, D.C., 1942. “Children on rowhouse steps, corner of N and Union Streets S.W.” Note service stars in the windows and the curious narrow passage between houses. Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam.

Shorpy May 14, 2017

San Francisco circa 1921. “Dorris 6-80 touring sedan at Spreckels Mansion.” Latest entry in the Shorpy Compendium of Cretaceous Conveyances; by 1924 the Dorris would be extinct. 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.


My mother and my father’s mother on a chilly January day in 1966. Kodachrome slide I took in Calpella, California, where my grandfather raised grapes from 1915 to 1953.

Shorpy May 13, 2017

December 1941. Washington, D.C. “Christmas shopping. Salesgirls at Wool­worth’s.” Photo by John Collier, Office of War Information.


Columbus, Georgia, circa 1950. “Library — Jean Hollis.” Cited by one source as “head of Reference Division, Bradley Memorial Library.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.


Columbus, Georgia, circa 1954. “Louise Mullin” is all it says here. Regardless, we seem to have a quorum. Let the meeting come to order! 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.

Shorpy May 12, 2017

Philadelphia circa 1904. “Market Street and City Hall from Eighth.” From an 8×10 glass plate exposed about a minute after this one was taken.


Washington, D.C., circa 1904. “Willard Hotel, Pennsylvania Avenue and 14th Street.” 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


March 1943. “Santa Fe R.R. yard at night, Kansas City, Kansas.” Note the light trails made by the yard workers’ torches in this time exposure, as well as a phantom number (3167, at right) on a train that paused in front of the camera. 4×5 inch Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

Shorpy May 11, 2017

New York, 1908. “George Bothner and John Perelli (standing).” Bothner (1867-1954) held the title of world lightweight wresting champion. 5×7 glass negative, Bain News Service.

June 1942. “Inspecting a Cyclone airplane motor at North American Aviation in Long Beach, Calif.” Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer.

“Now I can afford a longer necktie!”
Columbus, Georgia, circa 1949. “Safety Patrol Fund.” A $50 check to Sergeant 97 of the Georgia State Patrol. 4×5 inch acetate negative.

Washington, D.C., 1957. “Postman delivering issues of U.S. News & World Report.” From a series of images showing the production and delivery of that magazine. 35mm negative from the News Photo Archive.

Shorpy May 10, 2017

Circa 1905. “New York Central Railroad station, Albany, N.Y.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Circa 1905. “The Capitol at Washington — East Front.” The Senate wing is closest to the camera, with Thomas Crawford’s sculpture The Progress of Civilization decorating the pediment atop the portico; the House of Representatives pediment at far left is blank; it would eventually be filled by Paul Bartlett’s sculpture Apotheosis of Democracy, dedicated in 1916. 8×10 glass negative.

Shorpy May 09, 2017

Circa 1900. “Otis Elevating Railway, looking up toward Mountain House Hotel, Catskill Mountains, New York.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.

San Francisco, 1919. “Marmon Limousine on Stockton Street at Union Square between Geary & Post.” 5×7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.

May 1943. “South Water Street freight terminal of the Illinois Central R.R., Chicago.” 4×5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano

Columbus, Georgia, 1948. “Kirven’s Department Store fashion show — Jere Pound.” But which dapper gent is Jere? 4×5 inch acetate negative.