Shorpy

The crisp sepia tones of steamboats, lonely lighthouses, newly-built bridges, and quiet city corners offer sly glimpses into a world that is a more fresh and unspoiled version of our own. The whimsical entertainers, old cars, and children’s faces lend an air of excitement, especially to New York City as it shapes up to become what it is now. I would encourage everyone to take a peek at what it was like to live a hundred years ago: www.shorpy.com

Also, check out the galleries on the right where you can search collections of photographs such as “Pretty girls” and “Cars & Trucks.”

A satisfied rat catcher, who oddly enough looks like a rat himself, proudly displays his rats on a string dressed in a pinstripe suit and bow tie (don’t miss this one).