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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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Sixteenth at California: 1908

Sixteenth at California: 1908

Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Sixteenth Street at California Street." At 11:06. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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I walk along 16th St in Denver quite often and had always assumed that the elaborate lamp posts along the street to the north were fanciful creations meant to evoke an earlier era. But thanks to this picture, I see that they are either the real things or very accurate reproductions.

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Below is the same view from July of 2012.

Denver Dry

That big building on the left is the Denver Dry Goods department store, one of the city's finest retailers for decades. The upper floor was a famous tearoom In the 1990s part of it became the flagship store for Robert Waxman Camera & Video, where I worked in the advertising department. That was back when cameras used FILM.

 
SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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