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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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IC Conditions: 1940

IC Conditions: 1940

February 1940. Shoppers on a wet winter day in the business district of Iowa City. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by Arthur Rothstein. Greetings to his daughter, Shorpy fan Annie Rothstein-Segan. "Dad would have loved to know that you feature his pictures so often," she writes. Thanks and Happy Holidays!

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Lighted sidewalk bricks

Notice the glass sidewalk bricks in the left of the photo. Embedded in the concrete and lit from below, they used to be quite popular in big cities. I've seen them as far North as Saskatoon Saskatchewan and South as far as Tupelo Mississippi. Pity none of them seem to work any longer.

[They also used those to let the sun in to illuminate basements. - Dave]

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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