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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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Pittsfield Panorama: 1906

Pittsfield Panorama: 1906

Pittsfield, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "North Street from the park." Time in New England, 1:33. Panorama made from two 8x10 glass negatives.. View full size.

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No Streetcars in sight

As a kid growing up in Pittsfield in the 1940s I spent a lot of time waiting for buses in front of this bank. I noted in this photo that there were no streetcars present but in my own personal photo collection I have a similar view taken from the same hotel but during the 1909 Independence Day parade. It shows that streetcars were the principal means of bringing parade viewers downtown. In the photo attached you will notice that a very large percentage of the men present are wearing jackets in July.

Taconic Monarch

In the near distance sits Mt. Greylock, which, at 3491 feet, officially, is the highest point in Massachusetts. It sits off a ways from other area peaks, as if one of the southern Green Mountains of Vermont had picked up & hiked itself south. Better to rule in Massachusetts, than to serve in Vermont! The hike is great, the view much better, on a clear day.

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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