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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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Pier Pressure: 1904

Pier Pressure: 1904

Atlantic City, New Jersey, 1904. "Pier at the Inlet." With nary a T-shirt or flip-flop in sight. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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A lot of interesting Jersey catboats in this photo. Catboats were prized for fishing and passenger excursions all over the east coast, because their single sail and large open cockpit, due to the forward placement of the mast, allowed the boat to be sailed singlehanded, and left plenty of unimpeded space for passengers or to handle fishing gear, lobster pots, etc. The boats' wide beam kept them relatively level while sailing, and the centerboard design allowed the boats to be sailed and moored in very shallow water, and to pass over shoals without drama. They are also picturesque, and continue to be used as yachts today.

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I'd like to ride in the hat boat. Unless it's named for du Maurier.

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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