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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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Bustling Springfield: 1908

Bustling Springfield: 1908

Springfield, Mass., circa 1908. "Railroad arch on Main Street." Seen here a couple months ago from another vantage. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Looks like that gum machine would be worth about 2,300,000 pennies at auction:

Nice to see it is still there

The railroad arch adds a touch of class to the modern scene.

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Looking Down

I imagine you'd be amazed to know that 105 years in the future someone who would never know you would wonder just what you were thinking about as you walked along with your head down. Was it something happy, profound, sad, or were you just keeping an eye out for an uneven sidewalk?

Chocolate and Pepsin Gum

I wonder if both chocolate and pepsin gum were dispensed from the same machine.

Gum, by gum!

"Deposit 1 cent and press the plunger"!


The guy in the white hat (on the right-hand sidewalk) in front of Schreiber's looks too concerned about not having his face seen. "Papers please."

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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