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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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Great Boston Fire of 1872 (II)

Great Boston Fire of 1872 (II)

A city in ruins. Boston, Massachusetts, after the great fire of November 9-10, 1872. View full size. Albumen print by Joshua Smith. Wikipedia link.

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Boston Fire

Looks like WWii city after a massive air raid.

Boston Fire

I see the wonderful effects in the photograph made by the extremely long exposure time.

Just astonishing pics

Just astonishing pics- such desolation. Thanks, amazing photographs.

(PS: Making me log in to comment on a pic means I'm probably not going to comment any more.

If I could log-in WHILE I'm making a comment, it'd be better than having to log in first on a separate page. Blogspot blogs do this well.

It sucks to be moved by a photo, try to write with feeling about it, and then be rejected because the site NEVER remembers you. No, go find the log-in, do it, come back, rewrite/paste..

Why make it such a pain in the ass?

[You don't need to register or log in to leave a comment. As you must know, since you didn't have to log in to leave this comment! - Dave]

SHORPY OLD 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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