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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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Old Wool Stores

Old Wool Stores

The derelict old wool store buildings in Newstead, Brisbane, Australia.
A four minute exposure taken at around 3am one evening in 1984. Well before the area was modernised and turned into studio apartments. View full size.

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I will never forget the smell of the Geelong Wool Stores on a hot summer day back in the late 1950s when we lived there. Add to that the steam locos shunting onto the adjacent piers and what more could a 12 year old ask for. I would go down to the West Geelong rail yards with a friend, and from the pedestrian overpass we watched the action. When I got home my mother immediately knew where I'd been from the coal smoke smell in my clothes. We visited Brisbane when the trams and trolley buses were still running. Not to mention the old swing-door suburban carriages.

Beautiful Colour and Aspect Ratio

It almost looks like someone colorised it very carefully. (FYI: I tried to use AU spelling just for you.)

Still of the night

Nice feel..great a scene from a movie..something is going to happen

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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