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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA'S SUNNIEST CAPITAL, c1950

Franklin Street: 1905

Franklin Street: 1905

Circa 1905. "Franklin Street -- Richmond, Virginia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
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Who popularized the concrete sidewalk, and when.

Connecting the intellectual dots and surfacing the roads with the stuff was left to a later generation of civic ponderers. Or to be generous to those inhabitants of a different age, perhaps they had determined that horseshoes weren't up to cantering on concrete.

Architectural style

Richardson Romanesque.

Some homes still have them.

Those distinctive stone columns, so cool!

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Still there, sadly minus the mounting blocks.

 
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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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