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Blog Profile / Shorpy Historic Photo Archive

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The Car Factory: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." At least two laborers are hard at work in this second look at the expansion of Albert Kahn's factory from two stories to four, at the spot where a bridge was eventually built over Grand Boulevard, connecting this building with one across the street. View full size.

Grant Six: 1920

Somewhere around San Francisco in 1920. "Grant Six touring car." Pointed straight into the 20th century, although the Grant brand itself was not long for this world, expiring in 1922. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Second Shift: 1943

April 1943. "Traffic jam on the road from the Bethlehem Fairfield shipyard to Baltimore as the second shift of workers leaves the plant." Medium-format negative by Marjory Collins for the Office of War Information. View full size.

Blue Earth: 1952

"Dam at Blue Earth below cemetery -- May 4 1952." The latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes is back with the boys at the swimming hole for a bracing dip. At least it looks cold. Photo by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

Trailer Life: 1950s

My good friend and former neighbor Jim and his wife Lois in their trailer home in the early 1950s, when he was stationed in Florida as a radioman in the Navy. He loved motorcycles, hot rods, music, cats, exotic birds, and most of all people. Talking to him was guaranteed to make you smile. Godspeed Jim! View full size.

Little Girl Blue: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Longworth, Paulina, with parents." Paulina (1925-1957), last seen here with her mother Alice Roosevelt Longworth, oldest daughter of Teddy, is now joined by her legal father, House Speaker Nicholas Longworth. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

Seven Speeds: 1921

San Francisco circa 1921. "G.W. Thomas Drayage -- Fageol truck." With a dynamo in tow. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

The Breakers: 1901

Palm Beach, Florida, circa 1901. "The Breakers from the casino." Note the horsecar and boardwalk with cutouts for the palm trees. Another of Henry Flagler's wood-frame behemoths, the Breakers burned in 1903 and reopened the following year. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

Pontiac Palace: 1948

From somewhere in San Francisco circa 1948 comes this nighttime shot of a Pontiac showroom. Who'll be the first to tell us where it is? 8x10 Kodak safety negative, photographer unknown. View full size.

Termite Terrace: 1901

Miami circa 1901. "Hotel Royal Palm, west front." Henry Flagler's hostelry opened in 1897 and closed in 1930, condemned after a termite infestation. 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

Firehouse Buick: 1922

San Francisco, 1922. "Buick roadster at California Street firehouse." If we ride along, can we ring the bell? 5x7 glassneg by Christopher Helin. View full size.

Packard Plant: 1911

Detroit circa 1911. "Boulevard view, Packard auto plant." Expansion of the Alfred Kahn-designed factory building on Grand Boulevard, now an infamous urban ruin. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

Back Issue: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Nation's Business." A look behind the scenes at the offices of that magazine. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative. View full size.

The Fake: 1957

"Athletes from various colleges demonstrating a variety of football moves." Who'll be the first to name that team? 35mm Kodachrome by Marvin E. Newman for the Look magazine assignment "1957 Football Forecast." View full size.

Apocalypse Then: 1906

"Earthquake panorama." San Francisco after the devastating earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. Landmarks include the domed, burned-out shell of the Call newspaper tower at left, and City Hall at right. Still standing and open forShow More Summary

Jacked Up: 1919

Circa 1919. "Studebaker motor car in repair shop with garage mechanic." Don't try this at home. Or at work. 6.5 x 8.5 inch glass negative from the Wyland Stanley collection of San Francisco historical memorabilia. View full size.

Dining at the Dunes: 1939

Sept. 20, 1939. "The Dunes Club, Narragansett, Rhode Island. Dining porch. Purves, Cope & Stewart, architect." Shorpy has a group rate for the second seating at 9. See you there? 5x7 acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

Anonymous: 1925

Sept. 20, 1925. "Man wearing a mask made by W.T. Benda." Our introduction to the creations of Polish-born artist and costume designer Wladyslaw Teodor Benda (1873-1948). 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe. View full size.

Ruins of the Fire: 1865

1865. Charleston, S.C. "Broad Street, looking east with the ruins of Cathedral of St. John and St. Finbar." Aftermath of the Great Fire of 1861. Wet plate negative from the Civil War photographs collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

A Hot Mess: 1901

Circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, brass foundry, Chelsea, Michigan." Our umpteenth look at these slightly untidy premises. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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