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Blog Profile / Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

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Bud Dry: 1924

Northern California in 1924. "Willys Knight touring car on dirt road." With both Red Crown and Budweiser filling stations close by for parched cars and drivers, the Prohibition-era beer probably not as potent as the gasoline. 5x7 inch glass negative by automotive impresario Christopher Helin. View full size.

Weld Noir: 1943

May 1943. "Bethlehem-Fairfield shipyards, Baltimore, Maryland. Liberty ship construction. Welding on a hatch assembly at night." Medium format negative by Arthur Siegel for the Office of War Information. View full size.

Rover Boys: 1900

Circa 1900, back at the Handlebars Homestead. Letty, bikes. f5.6 no filter +2" shirts is what it says on the sleeve. 4x5 inch glass negative. View full size.

Miss Handlebars: 1900

Circa 1900. "Letty -- girl with bicycle and dog." 4x5 inch glass negative, photographer and location unknown. View full size.

Peerless and Poised: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Peerless touring car." Along with what could be a demonstration of either aerodynamics or sobriety at the start of Prohibition. 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative by the prolific Christopher Helin. View full size...

Watch the Fords Go By

August 1912. "Campus Martius and Detroit Opera House." With much interesting signage. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

Music Tooter: 1928

Washington, D.C., 1928. Going out on a low note: "Women with contrabass tuba" is all it says here. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

Beau Peep: 1900s

Circa 1900 in parts unknown. "Seth & lamb at Will's. f4.5 3.5F Kodak." 6½ x 8½ inch glass negative by Mother Goose, for all we know. View full size.

Cozy Cottage: 1910s

From 1912 or later comes "elderly man in rocking chair," watching the world go by from the vine-covered porch of his cozy cottage (erected "A.D. 1901") at 479 Main Street. 5x7 inch glass negative, photographer unknown. View full siz...

Laying Pipe: 1923

July 21, 1923. "Water conduit." Part of the Washington, D.C., aqueduct system seen here, along what used to be called Conduit Road. View full size.

Bonus Army Bivouac: 1932

Washington, D.C., 1932. "Vacated 'Bonus Army' camp." Burned-out remnants of the Bonus marchers' camp in Anacostia Flats, with gas holders and what looks like a railroad bridge in the distance. And in the foreground, what we suppose might be conduit for the D.C. aqueduct. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

Fate's Fickle Finger: 1944

New York, 1944. "Pawnbroker and prospective customer." I imagine the idea here was to convey the wholesome atmosphere of the typical pawn shop. Our second photo by Tony Linck. 4x5 Agfa acetate negative. View full size.

All-American: 1940s

From somewhere in New England in the 1940s comes this uncaptioned 4x5 film negative of three happy guys and their Ford truck. View full size.

Hauling Ice: 1934

San Francisco. "1934 Federal truck, City Ice Delivery Co." A business that was melting away. 5x7 film negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

In Hot Water: 1910

San Francisco circa 1910. "W.W. Montague & Co. plumber with water heater and bathtub." 3x4 nitrate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

Bright Eyes: 1916

1916. "Dolly sister with Buzzer the cat, portrait photograph." One of the Dolly Sisters (Rose and Jenny), twin vaudeville stars from Budapest who made it big in America. 5x7 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

Scout Kar: 1918

America's first camouflaged automobile has been let loose, and is now on the war path. The inhabitants of the Pacific Coast from Seattle to San Diego swear they are "seeing things." A sheriff who has a record for pinching speeders is...Show More Summary

Civil War Veterans: 1913

July 1913. Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. "Gettysburg reunion: G.A.R. & U.C.V. veterans at the encampment." Some of the 53,000 Civil War veterans, members of either the Grand Army of the Republic (Union troops) or the United Confederate Veterans, who reunited at Gettysburg on the 50th anniversary of the battle there. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

Sunset Lodge: 1918

The Pacific Northwest in 1918. "Kissel Military Highway Scout Kar at Sunset Lodge." Our first look at what seems to have been a promotion tied to the war effort. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

I Gave My Eyes: 1932

"World War I veteran, Bonus Expeditionary Force." Scene from the "Bonus March" on Washington, when thousands of veterans converged on the capital in 1932 to demand cash redemption of their service certificates, a bonus that wasn't supposed to be paid until 1945. Harris & Ewing glass negative. View full size.

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