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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Death Star: 1902

Death Star: 1902

Circa 1902. "The Waldorf-Astoria, New York." The original, and somewhat forbidding, Waldorf at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street. Complete with the obligatory windowsill milk bottle. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Longacre Square: 1904

Longacre Square: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Longacre Square." Soon to be renamed Times Square after the recently completed New York Times tower seen here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Boats Leave Daily: 1905

Boats Leave Daily: 1905

The Ohio River at Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1905. "The levee at Louisville." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Arcade: 1966

The Arcade: 1966

March 7, 1966. "Cleveland Arcade, 401 Euclid Avenue. Interior looking south." Meet you at the Marking Devices store in an hour! Large format acetate negative by Martin Linsey for the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

 

The Arcade: 1901

The Arcade: 1901

Circa 1901. "The Arcade, Cleveland." Coming soon: Cinnabon and Sunglass Hut. 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Tashmoo Trippers: 1900

Tashmoo Trippers: 1900

Detroit, Michigan, circa 1900. "Excursionists on steamer Tashmoo." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Motown: 1915

Motown: 1915

The Motor City circa 1915. "Campus Martius, Detroit." With the Dime Savings Bank rising behind City Hall. Detroit Publishing glass negative. View full size.

 
 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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