09 May 2010

Shorpy - Historic Photo Archive

Shorpy.com...are you a history and photography buff?

Brendon, my photographer son (and aspiring scriptwriter/film maker) put me on to this fabulous site.

Check out shorpy.com. The site's namesake 'Shorpy' Higginbotham lived in in the early 1900's as a mine worker. It was said that this photo is of him at about 14 years of age.

The detail in these photos has to be seen to be believed.

The images are from all over America in the time when dry plate glass negatives were used. They are so detailed, when you zoom in you can read headlines on newspapers, see people doing ordinary things, tile grout lines...amazing stuff.

From Shorpy.com:
Shorpy is history in HD, a vintage photography blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850's to the 1950's. The site is named after Henry Sharpe 'Shorpy' Higginbotham, a teenage coalminer who lived 100 years ago.

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