shorpy

shorpy is one of those sites i should have discovered years ago, but instead only found in the past month via this via that via this via some other site i forget. anyway i’m glad i did because these vintage images are quality. and when i say quality, i mean HIGH quality.

Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. Most were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into jpegs.

some of my favourites:

http://i.imgur.com/dDNuH.jpg

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the ice maiden

the ice maiden (1915)edmund dulac

1915 you say! this looks like something a modern day illustrator would create and sell prints of on etsy. except 1000 x better (edmund would have been a hit on etsy)

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hilda grahnat

I am a 22 year old graphic design student, born and raised in the dark forests of Sweden. I take pictures to remember, to preserve a passing moment and to distinguish interesting details from their otherwise average surroundings. I love traveling and take my best pictures when I travel. I have a fondness for all things vintage, typography and morning light. I have spent most of my life thinking I cannot draw. I am not yet convinced of the contrary, but at least now I am trying.

well said, hilda. her vintage items styled by colour are a dream…

http://i.imgur.com/8bD9J.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/PaJt6.jpg

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crystal lake

this is obersee, a lake that is connected to the larger königssee, in the german state of bavaria. these lakes were formed by glaciers in the last ice age, and have the cleanest water in germany. it is quite possibly one of the most beautiful places i have ever seen! to see its location (and loads more photos) click here

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persephone classics

persephone books reprints neglected classics 20th century women writers. the titles are chosen to appeal to busy women who rarely have time to spend in ever-larger bookshops and who would like to have access to a list of books designed to be neither too literary nor too commercial.

i would buy these books by the covers alone, which i love love love (the classics range).

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