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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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Ectoplasmic Express: 1908

Ectoplasmic Express: 1908

Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1908. "Falls Street at Night." A scene last glimpsed here. Note the ghost streetcar stopped mid-frame in this time exposure. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Talking Pictures in 1908?

Thomas Edison experimented with synchronizing a crank wound phonograph with his early moving picture film around the turn of the century...

[The poster to the right of the entrance announces the theater is using E.E. Norton's Cameraphone system. -tterrace]

Barrel Hood

A lovely "barrel hood" Franklin, parked at the curb

Ghost bicyclist

What a great photo! I can spy a couple of ghosts on the sidewalk on the right, and it would also appear from the streak of light that the bicycle that's parked by the curb on the left arrived while the lens was open.

This has me intrigued

I've never heard of "Talking Pictures" this early. I wonder what they were.

[Explained in a comment to the earlier photo linked in the caption. -tterrace]

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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