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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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Ship-Shapers: 1905

Ship-Shapers: 1905

South Chicago circa 1905. "Steamer William E. Corey, interior of hold." An inside look at the bulk freighter seen earlier here. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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The William E. Corey

... "I may not be functioning now but at least in my latter years I do perform a viable function in life very well."

I hope I do as well as the Steamer William E. Corey when I am 108.

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Good workmanship

Considering the steamer spent many decades in service, and even today functions as a breakwater, I'd say these workmen did a terrific job.

Fess Up!

Who else read the ship's name as "Wile E. Coyote?"


Now a breakwall at Port Credit, Ontario, after an interesting career.

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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