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Biggest Little City: 1972

Reno, Nevada in the summer of 1972. Two blocks down Virginia St. from the corner of First we see the second version of the "Reno Arch," this one installed in 1963 and replaced with the current one in 1987. This is another Kodachrome slide from a small trove we recently found at my friend's house. Show More Summary

Highway Patrol: 1957

Oakland, California, circa 1957. "Collision aerial." Aftermath of a crash between a Kaiser sedan (one of two in this photo) and a 1957 Chevy coupe. View full size.

Sliced Peaches: 1957

Circa 1957. Plymouth meets peaches in the first of a series of car crash news photos taken in and around Oakland, California. 4x5 Kodak Safety Film. View full size.

Party Animal: 1956

Elgin, Illinois, circa 1956. "Pony eating cake at birthday party." It's a living! 4x5 acetate negative from the Old News archive. View full size.

Essex Ascending: 1930

San Francisco, 1930. "Essex Super Six climbing Webster Street hill." Latest display in the Shorpy Diorama of Discontinued Dreadnoughts. 5x7 inch glass negative by automotive impresario Christopher Helin. View full size.

Sharp Kid: 195x

"Judy Wangle" is all it says here. Who knew Judy? 4x5 negative. View full size.

Spangler's Spring: 1903

ONE COUNTRY AND ONE FLAG THE STRIFE OF BROTHERS IS PAST 1903. "Spangler's Spring, Gettysburg, Pa." Forty years after that pivotal battle. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

Killed in Action: 1951

Columbus, Georgia, circa 1951. "Military funeral." One in a series of photos showing a quartet of flag-draped caskets. Georgia historians please fill in the blanks. 4x5 acetate negative, ex newspaper morgue. View full size.

The Family Franklin: 1920

San Francisco circa 1920. "Franklin auto at Franklin Motor Car Co." Note the Yellowstone Park sticker. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Drinking Buddies: 1955

From the mid-1950s, somewhere in the Midwest, come these two boys arguing about who's hotter. Feel free to improvise your own caption in the Comments. 4x5 negative from the holdings of a Chicago newspaper morgue. View full size.

Congratulations, Junior!

Somewhere in the Midwest circa 1954, and it seems to be a big day for Junior. Maybe he just got his driver's license, or his first car, or figured out how to open the door. 4x5 acetate negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

Skillet Dinner: 1950s

"Man and woman at stove cooking." The first of thousands of 4x5 negatives, retired from the archives of Chicago-area newspapers, acquired by Shorpy. Most of these are undated and have little or no caption information. If you recognize any of the subjects or locales, let us know in the Comments. View full size.

Götterdämmerung: 1942

December 1942. "Chicago, Illinois. Repair and overhauling in the Chicago & North Western Railroad locomotive shops." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. View full size.

Jurassic Truck: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Fageol truck on construction ramp." Flintstones-era dumper with solid rubber tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Hanging at Rainbow Ridge: 1976

Rainbow Ridge is a community of scale model and forced-perspective buildings in Frontierland in Disneyland. It traces back to the earliest days of the park, decorating the loading area for various incarnations of a miniature train ride. Show More Summary

Family Shelter: 1961

Oct. 11, 1961. "New York Civil Defense Commission Family Shelter display." Including Chess-Dominoes-Checkers. 35mm negative by Hans Knoff for the Look magazine assignment "The Great Fallout Shelter Panic." View full size.

Deseret News: 1957

June 7, 1957. "Exterior scenes in St. George, Utah. Local residents being interviewed about their feelings on nuclear testing. Photos by Charles Steinheimer from Black Star. Roll 5: Main Street scenes." From the U.S. News & World Report archive donated to the Library of Congress. View full size.

Fairlane Down Under: 1959

This Australian 1959 Ford Fairlane 500 is a close relative to the "Yank Tank" that appeared here several years ago. The Victoria licence plate GZT-500 matches the model number nicely. My father worked for Ford Australia from 1958 to 1963, and this is likely a company car used for an advertising photo shoot. The food on the blanket does not look very appetising. View full size.

Asphalt Oasis: 1965

Tropical greenery notwithstanding, this isn't Bora Bora, Anaheim or even Orlando. "1965. Monorail station, New York World's Fair, Flushing Meadows" is the caption. Over to the left: "Florida Exhibits and Porpoise Show." Medium format color transparency, photographer unknown. View full size.

Mail Pouch: 1910

Circa 1910. "Columbus, Ohio, from the courthouse." Photobombed by the Mail Pouch Tobacco horse. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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