Refrigerator shopping in 1941.All images via Shorpy Archive/Juniper Gallery.
If you liked the old photos from the Detroit News Archivist post, you'll also dig Shorpy's offerings. Shorpy is an Alabama-based high-quality printer of gorgeous old photographs, from the Juniper Gallery's archives, of some of our favorite topics: Cities, industry, architecture, interior design, grand municipal spaces.
There are some hidden "History of ID" gems like the Futuramic Lounge, designed by Raymond Loewy for JFK Airport (then called Idlewild) in 1962...
...but the site lends itself well to random browsing, where you'll encounter things you'd never think to Google. Like this beautiful Dodge dealership in the Bronx circa 1948:
Or this absurdly ornate statue and fountain in the middle of a New York department store in 1910, when a department store was an amazing temple of commerce:
Dallas' Theater Row circa 1942:
Old-school luncheonettes, where office workers used to eat shoulder-to-shoulder:
Locomotives being built in Kansas:
Train stations to die for:
The list goes on and on. Dive in when the boss ain't around, because you'll likely be there for a while.
I’m a lapsed industrial designer. I was born in NYC and figured I’d die there, but a few years ago I abandoned New York to live on a farm in the countryside with my wife. We have six dogs.
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