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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907

The Casino at Belle Isle: 1907

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1907. "New casino at Belle Isle Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Cutting Wood.

My California house was built in 1929. The portable circular saw was invented in the 20's and was quick to catch on in California due to the housing boom, but it is amazing to think that up till this time, every stick of wood in the house was cut by hardworking carpenters using handsaws.

[Portable electric circular saws go back at least to the early 1910s. - Dave]=

Still with us

This beautiful building is still there. The two porches have been enclosed.

Love the "under construction" pics

I love to see how methods, materials, and tools were implemented during construction of these buildings from the past. Nary a Dewalt miter saw, Bosch hammer drill, laser level or diamond cutting wet saw to be found.

Can you hear me now?

The cellphone tower is really planning ahead.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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