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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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Portal: 1865

Portal: 1865

1865. "Charleston, South Carolina. Ruins of Roman Catholic Cathedral. View of doorway." Glass plate negative, left half of stereograph pair. View full size.

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Fair enough!

Let's just pretend I never made that comment!

Stereo Pairs

It would be nice to see both pictures of the stereo pair side by side...even on a computer monitor, you can view the pictures in stereo without stereo glasses--you kind of have to cross your eyes to do it, but it can be done, and if it's a good picture with lots of depth, it's quite interesting.

[Now accepting donations for the Shorpy Stereo-Pair Extra Bandwidth Fund! Let's say $1200 a year. Anyone? Another issue is that two photos side by side would have to be small enough to fit on the average video display without scrolling, which means there is no detailed high-resolution image, which is what most people want to see. The alternative -- posting two sets of images, stereo pair plus one high-res -- would mean using up gobs of space on the server for something of limited interest. Plus of course it's twice as much work for yours truly. - Dave]

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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