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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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Winter Games: 1905

Winter Games: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Curling in Central Park." Sighting the curling-cue for a bank shot into the corner pocket. 8x10 inch glass negative by Byron. View full size.

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Most of the men in this picture would never even dream of using a broom to at home sweep the floor.

Big Apple Bonspiel

A friend once described curling as "a combination of hockey, shuffleboard, and house cleaning." Still makes me laugh.


I curled throughout my teens in Winnipeg, at least twice a week for half the year, always indoors. In fact, Winnipeg has the greatest number of sheets of ice for curling in the world, not per capita, but straight numbers. And for two consecutive years (70 and 71), a Winnipegger, Don Duguid from the Granite Curling Club, was world champion, of which we were immensely proud. It's a strategy game, and at the time (70s) you could smoke while you played. Needless to say, there are no bank shots (hitting the side boards puts a rock out of play), and the curling-cue is of course a broom (which has morphed over the years from corn through fabric to a push broom). The furthest I ever got was to the junior fours of the whole province, one year during high school.

Picture Perfect

I can hear the photographer yelling "Freeze" before taking the picture...and the reaction was..."oh yeah".

Called the "roarin' game"

here in Canada, by the sound of the rocks gliding over the ice surface, now it's the sound of people screaming loudly "hurry hard!"

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