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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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Poo Corner: 1902

Poo Corner: 1902

Circa 1902. "Main Street -- Dayton, O." No. 2 with a broom. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Spicy Wings: 1900

Spicy Wings: 1900

"Unidentified woman. Between 1873 and ca. 1916." Her noggin appropriately ovoid. From the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C. View full size.

 

Track Star: 1938

Track Star: 1938

November 1938. "Union Pacific yards. Omaha, Nebraska." Medium format negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Elbows and the Boy: 1909

Elbows and the Boy: 1909

May 1909. Manchester, New Hampshire. "Boy with bare arms, Fred Normandin, 15 Bridge Street, has been working in Amoskeag Manufacturing Company mill No. 1 for several months." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

 

Petit Hearse: 1919

Petit Hearse: 1919

San Francisco circa 1919. "Chalmers touring car at Golden Gate Park." Fitted with a funereally swagged top, complete with flowers. Latest addition to the Shorpy Mortuary of Marmoreal Motorcars. Photo by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

The Public Square: 1901

The Public Square: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Woodward Avenue at the Campus Martius showing Bagley Fountain." Other landmarks include City Hall, the Majestic Building, Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument and Detroit Opera House. Plus a "moonlight tower" super-streetlight. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Where Eagles Perch: 1900

Where Eagles Perch: 1900

Circa 1900. "Entrance, Government Reservation, Hot Springs, Arkansas." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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