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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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Siegel Cooper: 1910

Siegel Cooper: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Siegel Cooper & Co., the fountain. Republic statue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The depth of field in this image is extraordinary. My guess lens was stopped down to f64. How shutter speed was calculated says much about the photographer's expertise.

32 Sixth Avenue

At West 18th Street. More here.

On moving downscale

Lady Republic and her fountain have been ripped out and replaced by four kiosks: Jewelry by Joon Sohng, Your Portrait in a Flash, Nail Talk, and Cellphone Heaven.

Jackson Park: 2009

Here is the 24-foot version in Chicago mentioned by Michael R.

Daniel Chester French

This "Republic" is a miniature version of the original 65-foot statue that Daniel Chester French made for the World's Columbian Exposition, held in Chicago in 1893. The original stood in the middle of the waters of the Fair's Beaux-Arts centerpiece, the Court of Honor. Today a smaller replica in gilded bronze, 24 feet high, stands near that site in Jackson Park. Incidentally, the designer of the pedestal for the original at the Chicago Fair was the architect Henry Bacon; this foreshadows the later collaboration between French and Bacon which produced Washington's Lincoln Memorial.

Moving downscale

Now housing a Bed Bath & Beyond and TJ Maxx.

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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