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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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Steampunk iPad: 1922

Steampunk iPad: 1922

Circa 1922, the Fiske Reading Machine in the hand of its inventor, Rear Admiral Bradley Fiske. Where's the Home button on this thing? View full size.

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Eye strain.

This doesn't look at all uncomfortable... or ridiculous.

Abolish Bulky Volumes! Abolish, I Say!

Wanted to find more information about Fiske's marvelous machine and ran across this article in The Miami News, March 30, 1926.

From an era long forgotten

A novel idea.

New and improved

The Fiske machine lost its appeal when the first Kindle hit the market. Odd, isn’t it, that we’ve heard so little about these devices? Surely they sold by the millions.

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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