Tag: Shorpy

Shorpy June 06, 2017

1905. “City Hall — Troy, New York.” This 1875 building, designed by Marcus Cummings and constructed on the old Third Street burial ground, was destroyed by fire in 1938. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative.


Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1906. “Title Guarantee Land and Trust Building.” Completed in 1903, the structure still stands at Third Avenue and 21st Street. 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


New York circa 1906. “Union League Club, Brooklyn.” Our title comes from the delivery wagon on the right. Also note the Ford dealership with the illuminated AUTOMOBILES sign on the roof. 8×10 inch glass negative.

Shorpy June 05, 2017

Circa 1899. “Ekin, L.M.” Lorian Moreau Ekin, stenographic prodigy, and his new bride, the former Martha Lucile Agnew, last seen here. 5×7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C


San Francisco, 1921. “Cadillac touring car.” A well-worn example (equipped with Horse Shoe Cord tires and a fold-away steering wheel) at the address also seen here. The subliminal message in this image is that certain things that are a habit can also be a joy. For extra credit: What things? (The answer, discerned by our sharp-eyed commenters, is: Dinnerware.) 5×7 glass negative

Shorpy June 04, 2017

“Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
October 1942. “Woman at work on bomber motor, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach, California.” Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

Shorpy June 03, 2017

Circa 1895. “Ekin, Mrs. L.M.” Whose particulars may be divined and delineated after a jot of judicious Googling. (Hint: A Sally not really.) 5×7 inch glass negative from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C.


May 1918. “American National Red Cross. Aviation Camp of the American Army at Issoudun. The canteen kitchen, which, according to the commanding officer of the Camp, provides the best mess to be found in all France. Miss Givenwilson is in charge.” 5×7 inch glass negative.


December 1957. Washington, D.C. “Man with broadcast listings; woman tunes radio.” The console set, seen earlier here, is evidently a portable, or maybe this is a two-radio household. News Photo Archive 35mm negative.

Shorpy June 02, 2017

Considered a long shot to win the nomination, Warren Harding was elected in a landslide. After just 17 months in the White House, he died of a heart attack.
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. “Senator Warren G. Harding, Republican of Ohio.” National Photo Company Collection glass negative


San Francisco, 1937. “Policeman and Pontiac at Golden Gate Park.” 8×10 negative, late of the Marilyn Blaisdell and Wyland Stanley collections.


“Dick turned the volume up to 11 to drown out the sound of Mary’s infernal pecking, while silently she plotted her revenge. Well, not really silently — Mary was typing her plan at the kitchen table.”
December 1957. Washington, D.C. “Man tuning console radio while woman in next room types.” 35mm negative from the News Photo Archive.

Shorpy June 01, 2017

Detroit circa 1910. “Bastendorff block and G. & R. McMillan Co. store, Jefferson Avenue.” 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.


“Nothing for me, thanks.”
October 1942. “Girl worker at lunch also absorbing California sunshine, Douglas Aircraft Company, Long Beach.” Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information.

Shorpy May 31, 2017

Dayton, Ohio, 1902. “Power House, National Cash Register Co.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson.


Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904. “Pier at the Inlet.” With nary a T-shirt or flip-flop in sight. 8×10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.

Shorpy May 30, 2017

Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904. “Boardwalk and Hotel Chalfonte.” Demolished in 1980 to make room for a parking lot. 8×10 inch glass negative.


May 1942. Southington, Connecticut. “An American town and its way of life. The Memorial Day parade moving down the main street. The small number of spectators is accounted for by the fact that the town’s war factories did not close. The town hall is in the left foreground.” Medium format Kodachrome transparency by Fenno Jacobs for the Office of War Information.

Shorpy May 28, 2017

Now playing at Knoxville’s Roxy Theater: “Damaged Lives,” an exploitation flick whose subject was venereal disease.
“Knoxville, Tenn., ca. 1941. Miscellaneous lot of photographs by Barbara Wright related to Tennessee Valley Authority projects and region.


March 1944. “Children playing on the roof of the Lighthouse, an institution for the blind, at 111 East 59th Street, New York.” Photo by Richard Boyer for the Office of War Information.

Shorpy May 27, 2017

Savannah, Georgia, 1904. “Colonial Park Cemetery.” By the looks of it, in need of a trim from the Grim Reaper, or at least a spritz of Roundup.


Washington, D.C., 1942. “Children playing, aiming sticks as guns.” Kodachrome transparency by Louise Rosskam, Office of War Information.


“So as you can see, Mr. Smith, pencils and spark plugs are not interchangeable.”
Columbus, Georgia, circa 1952. “Pope Motor Co. service garage.” 4×5 inch acetate negative from the Shorpy News Photo Archive.