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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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Do Not Feed or Molest: 1905

Do Not Feed or Molest: 1905

Richmond, Virginia, circa 1905. "Japanese Palm Garden -- Jefferson Hotel." Along with an ichthyological caution. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.


Thonet Furniture

From Austria, on the left, a late XIX Century Thonet coat hanger, still very popular today.

Back when a window was a window

Wow... operable stained glass windows. Like for circulating air. I remember when we used to open windows...


Why couldn't they save the ceiling decorations as well.

[The "ceiling decoration" is a stained glass dome. The present Tiffany dome dates from the extensive reconstruction of the hotel completed in 1907 following the fire of 1901. It contains 9 of the original panels. -tterrace]

I was referring to the flat ceiling corners beyond that glass dome which appear to have lost an applied decoration. Not the dome itself.

[Ah, sorry. Those apparently went with the reconstruction as well. -tterrace]

Different aquatic creature now

I hope this one is stuffed. And not on hotel guests.


Pre-need counseling on request.

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