Tuesday, August 05, 2008


Just discovered this, thanks to a link from my brother. It's way excellent. From the blog:

Shorpy.com is the 100-year-old photography blog that brings our ancestors back, at least to the desktop. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a boy who worked in an Alabama coal mine near the turn of the century.


Shorpy is a blog about old photos and what life a hundred years ago was like: How people looked and what they did for a living, back when not having a job usually meant not eating.

Fascinating, mostly very high-quality pictures. Go look now!


Trombonology said...

I've just been through twenty pages of SHORPY – marvelous! I will continue to delve and will haunt daily. Thanks for sharing.

lotusgreen said...

those photos with the dressed-up kittens always get to me. somehow i remember them, but vaguely, not specifically. like i don't remember having one of their books (i think they were too early?) but seem to have grown up with them anyway....

iamfelix said...

All the pics are wonderful, I think. Re: The Frees kitties; his books have been reprinted many times (I have a couple of fairly new reprints myself), plus they were on postcards (you'll see them on eBay) and other things. They crack me up. More on Harry Whittier Frees here and here. He did other animals as well (mostly bunnies and puppies) but generally cats.

iamfelix said...

For Trombonology: It's a hard-knock life for kits.

Okay, pups too. :-)

Trombonology said...

Isn't it the truth? See? ... See?

You're right about Frees on eBay; quite a number of his things there now. I didn't know that name – he's wonderful! Must have had a great rapport with animals to have gotten those shots.