The amazing website features thousands of high-definition vintages photos dating as far back as the 1850s. By "high definition," it means the following: "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."
The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago. Several photos of Shorpy are featured, and they did some genealogical research to determine his sad fate.
You can lose yourself for hours on Shorpy.com, marveling at and pouring over the details of the vintage photos. Categories include vehicles, Civil War, factories, railroads, sports, World War II and many more.
Here are small versions of photos from one category I particularly enjoy -- stores. (Click on the photos to be taken to the high-resolution versions housed on Shorpy.com.)
Altheimer, Arkansas, in September 1938 for the Farm Security Administration. Check out the cat!
Rockville, Maryland, taken in 1964.