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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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Winter Lights: 1909

Winter Lights: 1909

1909. "Mid-winter carnival, 'storming the fortress,' Upper Saranac Lake, New York." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Winter Festival

Notice in the background the "Ice Palace" constructed of blocks of ice harvested from the lake. The 2012 "Saranac Lake Winter Festival" will mark the 114th anniversary of this great northern New York Adirondack Town's mid-winter tradition! The Palace was originally referred to as the "Ice Tower" and evolved to the Palace name. It is constructed largely the same way today as it was 114 years ago, albeit with some improvements in saw technology! History buffs might enjoy this link:

Not what it seems

Somebody got a Spirograph for Christmas!

This beautiful picture

could easily have been taken in the present day!

Night of Lights

Wishing all who enter this wonderful website a Merry Christmas and a Happy, HEALTHY, New year.


Just simply a breath-taking photgraph! What more need be said! A very Merrye Christmas and a Rousing New Year to all the Shorpy Family! Thank you, Dave! You've made 2011 a treat, I wonder what new adventures await?

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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