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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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Lee Tree: 1890s

Lee Tree: 1890s

Circa 1890s California. An uncaptioned 8x10 glass plate of redwoods including the "Gen. Robert E. Lee" at right, which would make this Grant Grove in today's Kings Canyon National Park. Another is labeled "South Carolina." View full size.

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Species correction

The Robert E. Lee is actually a sequoia, not a redwood and lives in a grove of sequoias. It is the eleventh largest tree in the world and would yield over 450,000 board feet of lumber.

[Confusingly, the genus of the coast redwood is Sequoia, whereas that of these giant sequoias is Sequoiadendron. The National Park Service explains here.]

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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