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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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Union League Club: 1905

Union League Club: 1905

Circa 1905. "Union League Club, Philadelphia." With a nice carbon-arc lamp out front. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Below is the same view from October of 2013.

Third Class

To the right, across the street, is the 'Third Class Messenger Office'. Urchins please apply?


I bet the second arc lamp that shows up in the later images was originally on the street corner just out of the picture. A building that symmetrical would have been annoyingly out of balance if it wasn't.

Tower roof and cresting

The tower's mansard roof and ridge cresting have been restored as well as the cresting on the main roof. These were replicated based on historical photos.

Looks exactly the same today

And it inspired my screen name, although I am not a member!
The building behind it is the Union League Annex (1909), designed by Horace Trumbauer.

Bunting hooks

Most every window has at least one hook on the outside of the sill, hanging flags or bunting I presume?

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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