4 Online Vintage Photo Archives You Need to Check Out

If You Love Vintage Photos…

The invention of photography has been one of the greatest things to happen to the preservation of history. Both famous and personal events have been captured on film and illustrated for generations to re-live for years to come. Fortunately for us history fans, the Internet is teeming with interesting vintage photos you have to see to believe.

If you, like us, love to look through old vintage photos and try to piece together the thousand words they contain, then you need to check out these awesome vintage photo sites.


Old Photo Archive

Facebook: @OldPhotoArchive

Old Photo Archive does a wonderful job at collecting and sharing interesting old photos from throughout history. Join the over one million followers they have on their Facebook account and watch as cool old pics pop up in your newsfeed from time to time. This site also has a great blog where they share stories about these pictures.

Old School Cool

Reddit: https://www.reddit.com/r/OldSchoolCool/

This Reddit forum is chock full of super cool old pics—from snaps of celebrities from before they were famous to users’ grandparents striking a perfect pose. If you’ve recently scanned and digitized a vintage photo that is ultra cool, upload it to the thread!

Library of Congress

Prints & Photographs Online Catalog (PPOC): http://www.loc.gov/pictures/

There is so much to learn about from our Nation’s history and photos are one of the best ways we can re-live it. The Library of Congress has an impressive collection of historical U.S. photos that you can easily get lost in. From Ansel Adam’s pictures taken from inside a Japanese-American internment camp to incredible pics taken from the Civil War era, you can do a deep dive into the PPOC and learn so much. This site also has a blog dedicated to telling the stories behind a few individual photos.


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shorpy

Yes, it’s a funny name for a repository of old vintage photos, but don’t take Shorpy for granted! They have an extensive archive of interesting photos that will give you a whole new way to look at the past. You can also sign up to add your own vintage photos to the collection. Membership is totally free and allows you to connect with other users. Who knows what you’ll discover!

Of course, you’ll need to make sure your old print photos are digitized first. Send them to us to scan and digitize today so you can start adding your family’s history to the incredible online communities who are dedicated to preserving the past.