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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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True Grit: 1906

True Grit: 1906

Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1906. "Wall Street west from Gay." Behind the smudges and fingerprints, an interesting slice of life. View full size.


Clean sweep

'"Clean sweep sale;" a storeowner with a sense of humour?

So That's Why

As a native, I can see now how we came to have the name "Scruffy Little City."

Cleaner but Duller

Today the grit is gone but there's not much to see.

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Where is that guy with the broom who was working two pictures back? He is much needed here!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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