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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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No Meddling: 1899

No Meddling: 1899

Winona, Minnesota, circa 1899. "A sawmill plant." Our title comes from the cryptic sign on the utility pole: DO NOT MEDDLE WITH THE WIRES. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

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Bridge Tracks

I guess you would call it trackage. Very interesting. Looks like strap rail laid on planks. Even a switch, lower left. Must be an inhouse system for moving carts and dollies. Judging by the raised outside lip on the "track" the wheels must have been flange less unlike the wheels on railroad cars. Also, not seeing any wear between the "rails" from horse or mules - the carts, also lower left, must be hand pushed.

Can I get one of those signs?

I need one for my office.

Self Lighting Lumber

And we would have perfected electrified lumber in 1899 if it wasn't for those meddling kids.

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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