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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 Yates: 1905

The Yates: 1905

1905. "Yates Hotel, Syracuse, N.Y." Opened in 1892 and demolished in 1971, "the most elegant hotel outside Manhattan" is now a parking lot. View full size.

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Ah yes, the razing of old buildings were rampant in the 1970s. I remember an old, beautiful Paramount theater here in my city that was razed for a parking lot. It was a sad day. Many people realized we were losing a historic building and protested about its destruction, but were ignored. Finally in the late 1980s, city council members admitted what was done in the 1970s was wrong, for tearing the theater down, and vowed to try in the future to preserve what is left of some of our old buildings. Anyway, the Yates was a beautiful building and I hope someone managed to salvage the gorgeous stained glass transoms from being demolished.

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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