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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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Found Boy in Suit

Found Boy in Suit

I found this photo ages ago in an old antique store in the moutains of Virginia. The back is printed with the words "Richter & Co. Photographers and Portrait Painters, North Corner 8th and Passyunk Ave., Philadelphia. Negatives Preserved. Copies or enlargements may be had at any time."

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Richter & Company II

I have a similar photo of a great-great grandmother who died in 1891. She was born in Richmond 1848. The photo looks exactly the same but with a young girl. The back of the photo has the same address and comments. The girl in the photo looks to be about ten years old so if it really is my great great grandmother the picture was take in the late 1850's or early 1860's.

Richter & Co.

I have a photo of my great-grandparents taken by the same photography studio but I have not been able to find anything about the company. I have no idea when the photo was taken. Have you found anything?

- Patricia

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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