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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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Expo 67 at Night

Expo 67 at Night

Montreal, 1967. This shot was taken using 35mm Kodachrome with the camera resting on a railing. In the distance, the U.S. pavilion is the Buckminster Fuller dome on the left while the U.S.S.R. pavilion is the brightly-lit dipping roof building on the right. Today, the U.S. pavilion still stands as an indoor arboretum. View full size.

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The former U.S. pavilion is actually a museum of the environment, called the Biosphere, owned and run by the federal government. The acrylic skin of the geodesic dome (a three-quarter sphere, 200 feet high), caught fire in a welding accident in 1976 and burned off in half an hour, leaving the steel truss structure intact. It remained empty for almost 20 years.

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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