The estimable Alan Taylor at The Atlantic's InFocus has curated another small selection from the 870,000 images from New York City's Municipal Archive, including several previously unseen shots by Eugene de Salinac. Note #26, which is creepy yet has a curious bit of photo-tech interest, too.
There's a second set here.
Speaking of old news photos, there's a seller on eBay who is dispersing some newspaper archives. On a whim I just bought this one, a photo from 1957 called "Car in which Salvatore Moretti, Chicago policeman, was found slain near Joliet." I had no press photos in my collection.
The company claims to be putting up 15,000 old press images a week for auction, which is a little horrifying in its implications (sign of the times). But whatever.
(The JPEG has the seller's watermarks on it, obviously.)
UPDATE: Turns out there's a known story behind my random eBay find. Sal Moretti was an ex-policeman turned hitman who bungled a mob hit—he carelessly left valuables and papers on his victim's corpse, including a receipt that tied a mob boss to the killing. When his body was found in the trunk of this car, all of his possessions except his comb had been taken, his pockets had been turned inside out, and even the labels of his clothes were cut out. This was apparently a message to other mob hitmen: be more careful about what you leave behind. Moretti's murder allegedly made other hitmen so nervous that several subsequent victims of mob murders were found with all their clothing removed.
The car in the picture, which had been stolen, was found in Joliet presumably because at the time of Moretti's murder his brother was serving time in prison there.
The full story (much, much fuller) is here. Thanks to Andy Kowalczyk for the link.
The man in the picture is a Joliet Sheriff named Roy Doerfaer or Doerfler.
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Featured Comment by Andrew: "It's amazing how many images have been put up for sale on the Internet. Some images are available as a single print, other images have multiple prints available—although the sellers generally don't tell you how many copies they have. I've bought a few, and I've seen a couple re-listed again—in each case they are all original prints, on single weight fibre based paper, usually with a Roneo'd (copied) description of the photo stuck to the back. For the price they are a great way to collect original, interesting photographs, and at the same time preserve some history...."