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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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Center Market: 1890

Center Market: 1890

Wagons at the Center Market, Washington, D.C., circa 1890. View full size.

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Re: In the Dark

Telephone invented: 1876
First electric street lights (carbon arc lamps): 1870s.
And of course telegraph wires on poles go back to the 1840s.

Susquehanna Hat Company

When you're in the dark and you want to see..

I noticed in the upper right corner a streetlight and a telephone (?) pole with wires hanging from it. I never associate electric streetlights with anything pre-1900. Are there any pictures of a nighttime street scene with street lights? Or would cameras of the time have needed more light to get an exposure?

"How do I get to the Susquehanna Hat Company?"

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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