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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Sightseeing New York: 1901

Sightseeing New York: 1901

This photo mounted on heavy card stock was found in a box of old family photos; it might be a souvenir. Probably taken in warm weather as the ladies have short sleeves and spring-like hats. Note this is Bus #4. I'm posting it to complement other similar photos of the Green Car Sight-Seeing Services photos already on Shorpy. View full size.

Green Car's corporate logo?

The conductor is sporting a swastika badge on his hat. Looks like another painted in the center of the sign on the coach side. Before adoption by the Nazi party the swastika was a symbol of good luck in many cultures.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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