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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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Snow Globe: 1902

Snow Globe: 1902

Detroit circa 1902. "Winter study, Grand Circus Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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In Nevada that dusting of every inch of limbs, etc., is called Pogonip. Never heard the term used anywhere else.


The Pianist rises, with his back to the Knabe keyboard, and announces "now I will play 'Minuetto al Roverso' by Haydn, backwards".

Moonlight tower

The framework at upper right is the base of a moonlight tower. There is another one in the distance, next to the buildings to the right of the image.

Schwankovsky Temple of Music

The sign at the middle right is for the Schwankovsky Temple of Music and Knabe pianos. F. J. Schwankovsky sold pianos from the Queen Anne-style building until 1920, when Wright-Kay Jewelers took it over. You can still see little gold treasure chests (their trademark) on the side of the building.

Knabe Pianos is still in business.

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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