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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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The Final Cut: 1960

The Final Cut: 1960

December 1960. "Interior, barber shop. Republic Building, 209 South State Street, Chicago. Architects, Holabird & Roche. Completed 1905; demolished 1961." Photo by Richard Nickel the Historic American Buildings Survey. View full size.

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Richard Nickel!

As a long time Chicagoan / photography fan / architecture fan, Richard Nickel is one of my heroes. I'm very glad to see some of his work on your site. This is the first one I've noticed - are there more?

Thanks for the great site - I spend quite a bit of time going back in time here.

Sterile environment

Impressed by the Antiseptic Sterilizers! The room has the look of an old dental surgery. The hairdresser I go to today just uses the same scissors, combs and apparatus on everyone!

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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