Thursday, August 23, 2012

The 100-year-old photo blog - Sacramento Bee (blog)

Freddie.jpgRecently a Bee editor came upon a historical photo blog that is well worth sharing here.

Shorpy is "an online archive of thousands of high-resolution photos from the 1850s to 1950s." Containing shots by both amateur and professional photographers, the posted images cover a wide range of time periods and subjects. Many come from the Library of Congress. Some come from family photo collections. You can search for items by keyword, or browse a list of galleries that include topics such as animals, aviation, eateries & bars, holidays, kids, politics, railroads and many more.

Shorpy photos set in the Sacramento area:

Five Plus Pup, 1936: Destitute family camped near the American River (Dorothea Lange).

Jean Gotchy, 1959: Sacramento girl age 14.

Freddie the Newsie, 1915: A young newspaper hawker in Sacramento.

Hasty Messenger, 1915: An employee of the Hasty Messenger Service of Sacramento.

Kiddie TV, 1950s: A group of Cub Scouts from North Sacramento meet the stars of a kids' TV show.

Incidentally, the Shorpy blog is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, an Alabama coal miner.

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