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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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Narragansett Pier: 1910

Narragansett Pier: 1910

Rhode Island circa 1910. "Narragansett Pier bathing beach." Note the photographer and signage to the left: "Want a Picture Taken in Your BATHING SUIT? 4 for 50 cents -- All Work Done by the LIGHTNING PROCESS." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Stiff onshore breeze?

Judging by the men on the balcony clutching their boaters.

Instant photography

Researching the term "lightning process" the photographer at the left is boasting about returns many references dating back to the 1870s concerning the speed of exposures, yet in this later, Box Brownie period, I wonder if it didn't mean the rapidity of producing prints.


Well, its 3 o'clock, time to go home.

[Make that, "Well, it's 12:15, time for lunch." - 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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