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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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Congress Square: 1907

Congress Square: 1907

Circa 1907. "Portland, Maine -- Congress Square." The streetcar to Pleasantdale and Cash's Corner. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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This photo perfectly illustrates American cities' turn-of-the-20th century challenge of accommodating electric and telephone/telegraph cables overhead. City Beautiful organizations and other groups worried about the unsightliness of these wires criss crossing the previously uncluttered air.


Below is the same view from October of 2008.


Must be summertime based on all the straw boaters on the street.

I want to go there.

What a charming looking place. These folks could never imagine what kind of lives we lead today. The hustle and bustle of today's world is nowhere to be seen. Well, maybe a few bustles.

What's really cool about this photo, is that it is taken at about a child's eye level.

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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