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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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Grand Hotel: 1908

Grand Hotel: 1908

New York in 1908. "Hotel Astor, Times Square." Note the fancy roof garden. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Oculus windows

Found this pic on the LOC website, it appears to be the top floor banquet room. The round windows appear to be covered in this photo.

A Pretty Penny!

Just look at the size of the Budweiser sign to the right rear of the photo. Even for 1908, the cost to build and erect such a sign must have cost s pretty penny. Would love to see this sign at night all lit up.

Oculus Windows

Into what sort of interior space did that row of oculus ("eyeball") windows admit light and air? Perhaps a ballroom?

Note that some of the other buildings in the background have oculus windows, but these are single windows, not a long row.

Certainly a nice collection of brass-era automobiles on the street.

Interesting juxtaposition

United Cigars, just a few doors down from Churchill's.

I found my room!

But by the Summer of '65, it had no awning any more. Two years later, it had no walls, floor, or ceiling either.

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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