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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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Cleveland Arcade: 1900

Cleveland Arcade: 1900

Cleveland circa 1900. "Arcade Building, south face, Euclid Avenue." Public Square in the distance. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

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Below is the same view from August of 2016. (Unfortunately, news media were staging their equipment on the street across from the Arcade when the photo was taken.)

The Badge

As retired Police Captain, I find that very ornate "Cleveland Special Police" badge very interesting. There has to be a story. And the number on top?

[The number is 89. The sign is equipped with two light bulbs -- one white and the other colored; a smaller sign below reads DON'T HITCH HERE, the horse-and-buggy equivalent of "No Parking." - Dave]

Dirt or horse manure?

What's that all over the bricks?

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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