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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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Old Florida: 1897

Old Florida: 1897

Circa 1897. "The sea wall at St. Augustine." Diversions include a "Museum and Menagerie" and "Hot & Cold Sea & Sulphur Water Baths." In the distance, the Castillo de San Marcos. Glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

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Carpentry Back In "The Day."

Obviously also a wizard with the tables on an old-school framing square. Like calculating square roots with nothing but pencil and paper, figuring compound angles on a framing square is a skill now moribund at best.

American Castle

In the center background is part of the amazing Castillo de San Marcos, designed by the Havana-based Spanish military engineer Ignacio Daza and built 1672-1695. This is the oldest structure in St. Augustine, and it is the only example of a true Baroque fortress in the whole USA. It was constructed of a unique kind of limestone, mixed with coquina shells, that made 18th-century cannonballs simply bounce off. It is well worth a visit!

I Used to Be a Carpenter

Whoever framed The House of Ten Gable Dormers, with the modified mansard, in the foreground did a magnificent job. And without electric power tools.

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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