Have you ever visited the Shorpy site? They describe themselves as “a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.”
I was looking for images of old Philadelphia, and stumbled on the below. The images are truly marvelous — you can almost feel as if you have been transported back in time and are right there witnessing the scene. It’s a great way to “place yourself” in the environment your ancestors lived in — to see what they may have seen, where they may have walked, lived, etc. Anyway, could not help but want to share since any time you spend on the Shorpy site will be time well spent.
For a sampling, click on the below. Captions are at the bottom of each image. Enjoy!
- Philadelphia, November 1839, image: http://www.shorpy.com/Robert-Cornelius?size=_original#caption
- Atlantic City beach, circa 1905: http://www.shorpy.com/node/12521?size=_original#caption
- Philadelphia City Hall, 1910: http://www.shorpy.com/node/13313?size=_original#caption
- Philadelphia street scene, cir. 1907: http://www.shorpy.com/node/10738?size=_original#caption
- Aboard USS Brooklyn, 1907: http://www.shorpy.com/node/8056?size=_original#caption
- Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia, cir. 1900: http://www.shorpy.com/node/6295?size=_original#caption
- Woman driver, 1915: http://www.shorpy.com/node/12978?size=_original#caption
- Interior, artificial limb factory, cir. 1916: http://www.shorpy.com/node/5308?size=_original#caption
- Philadelphia Athletics dugout, 1914: http://www.shorpy.com/node/3373?size=_original#caption