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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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Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Boxcar Ferry: 1900

Circa 1900. "Car ferry Transport, Detroit River." The unloaded version of this. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

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I remember reading an old Ellery Queen mystery from the 1920s where the solution to a murder rested on the absolute unthinkability of any man other than a priest being seen in public without a tie. I guess it made sense at that time.

Even the deck hand is wearing a tie

Great acton picture with wonderful detail - please keep pictures like this coming!

Dapper Pilot

Even the captain of a car ferry sports a bow tie.


and thawed.

Reused loco headlight

That looks like an old oil headlight from a locomotive just below the bridge windows. We've seen some of those in photos of locomotives from this time period.

[Or maybe the customers of the Acme Oil Headlamp Co. included both shipyards and railroads. - Dave]

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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