Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Timeless: Photos from Yesteryear 2

These photos are from Shorpy, a gorgeous website that contains photos from the Library of Congress archives. Here are some examples of what you can find on the site. The captions under the photos are pulled from the website.

Southside Easter 1941

April 1941. "Negro boys on Easter morning, Southside Chicago." Acetate negative by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration.

New York-Cincinatti Flyer 1910

Train wreck near Middletown, Ohio. July 4, 1910

Bridge of Sighs 1907

November 8, 1907. "Bridge of Sighs," connecting the 1902 Tombs prison at left with the 1894 Manhattan Criminal Courts building at right. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.

Grand Central Station 1908

Crowd outside Grand Central Station, returning from summer vacations. Sept. 8, 1908.

Black Sea Bass 1900

A world's record 384-pound black sea bass caught by Franklin Schenck of Brooklyn with rod and reel off Catalina Island, California, on August 17, 1900.

Carina Nebula 5500 BCE

Just in from NASA, a spectacular image assembled from 48 frames taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of the Carina Nebula 7500 light-years away, which means we are seeing these stars as they were in 5500 BC — making this the oldest picture on Shorpy so far. The bright star at left is Eta Carinae, which can be seen throwing off two enormous lobes of gas prior to exploding — possibly in the next few thousand years, maybe tomorrow — as a titanic supernova. We're offering this as a JG fine art print, made using NASA's 480mb master file.

Ghost Child 1936

Child living in Oklahoma City shacktown. August 1936.

A Friendly Game of Horse

Farm Security Administer Basketball at Durland's Riding Academy, New York. 1908. George Grantham Bain Collection. Since 1949, the Durland's building at Central Park West has been home to ABC, at 7 West 66th Street. Until 1999, the sets for "20/20" and "Good Morning America" were in the main riding ring. Photograph by Dorothea Lange.

Spooky Toy Show 1908

Toy show at Madison Square Garden, 1908. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection. In the foreground: Junior Aero Club display. Several shadowy blurs can be seen in this time exposure moving about what at first glance appears to be a deserted exhibit space. The car merry-go-round is slowly revolving.

Wheel of Fire 1943

Re-tiring a locomotive driver wheel in the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe railway shops at Shopton, near Fort Madison, Iowa. March 1943. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.


Lee-Anne (Lily Oak Books) said...

I love these old photos that you've chosen. Websites like these are so impressive... I can get lost for hours and hours! Thanks for the link.

theduckthief said...

I agree! I've lost track of time stumbling around this website and can't wait to post more photos.