Thursday, March 22, 2007

Shorpy Photoblog

I stumbled across a nice photo blog the other day. The site is "Shorpy -- The 100-Year-Old Photo Blog". Here is the site's description of the blog: is a photo blog about 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. We’re starting with a collection of photographs taken in the early 1900s by Lewis Wickes Hine as part of a decade-long field survey for the National Child Labor Committee. One of his subjects, a young coal miner named Shorpy Higginbotham, is the site’s namesake.
The photos do give a glimpse into life back then -- and how the country has changed since then. Not all the photos are 100 years old. The site has recently posted a series of photos from the 1940s. In fact, I was surprised to see this photo. I was in this building a few years ago while visiting a company we were working with. The building was remodeled into an office space, but the architects preserved the interior brick work and beams. It was a wonderful restoration.

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