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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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Bergen tunnel (Colorized)

Bergen tunnel (Colorized)

1900 New Jersey. View full size.

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Special Train Car

These colorized photos are simply amazing. If I can read the sign on this railroad car correctly, it says Detroit Photographic Company, the company which produced so many of these high-quality photos in black-and-white.

So, it appears to me this might be the railroad car the DPC used to hold cameras and developing equipments, and probably a darkroom or two to develop film and make prints.

Can you imagine moving that railroad car from town to town, taking these pictures? Maybe half of the car was a sleeper section, so the two or three people had a place to sleep while they worked?

Any ideas? (Boy, I'd love that job today...)

[It is the Detroit Photographic Special. See here and here. - tterrace]

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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