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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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Toys & Fancy Goods: 1896

Toys & Fancy Goods: 1896

"Elson chemist and Dutton bookshop on Courtenay Place, Wellington, between 1896 and 1897." Glass negative by Frederick James Halse. View full size.

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Maybe I am being extra dense today, but the signage seems to violate grammatical parallelism at the very least. And what's with the full stops after each word?

[The use of periods in signs was a common practice of the time. There are numerous examples here on Shorpy. -tterrace]

Lovely wires

The telephone wires and their poles are so neat and orderly. That probably changed for the worse when they got electric power a few years later, at least if the photos of American towns in the 1900s are any guide.

Phone wire junction

I count 13 crossbars on the telephone pole at the right side of the building. One or two more may be out of viewing. Most that I remember seeing in Shorpy pics.

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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