by Dave Weller

I came across a great website the other day. Shorpy is an online archive of thousands of high-resolution photos from the 1850s to 1950s. The site was named for Shorpy Higginbotham who was a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

The pictures on the site are absolutely amazing. The sharpness of the pictures is unbelievable, considering how long ago they were taken. I particularly like the street scenes. Many of the photos are from photographers such as the Detroit Publishing Company. Others are submitted by members. I can’t get over the quality of the pictures. Here are a few samples to give you a taste:

A couple of new pictures are posted each day. If you enjoy looking at high quality historical photos, I know you’ll love this site.