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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Hotel Walton: 1908

Hotel Walton: 1908

Philadelphia circa 1908. "Hotel Walton, Broad Street." G'night, Mary Ellen ... 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Sharp dressers

I found myself admiring the dapper men on the right. Granted, we're a pretty casual society now, and that's comfortable, but sometimes there's nothing finer than a well-dressed man or woman.

Foot traffic

Looking closer at this photo, it appears that there are many people from all the ghost images -- mostly feet, as the footfall would be still for a bit longer for the image to form.

Shoe shine

Busy doing his work with boot black!

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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