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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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Anniston: 1914

Anniston: 1914

October 1914. Anniston, Alabama. "Housing conditions at Adelaide Mill. The village is run down and greatly in need of sanitary improvements." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine. View full size.

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Anniston was begun in 1872 by Samuel Noble (of England) and Gen. Daniel Tyler (of Connecticut) as a company town supporting Woodstock Iron Co. Incorporated through the state of Alabama in 1879, the town was opened to the public on July 3, 1883, with great fanfare. The mill mentioned here made cotton yarn — representing a diversification of industry as well as employment for the laboring class women — and was built on the site of a former Woodstock furnace. It's deplorable that sanitary improvements were noted as lacking, since the city had then and still has a bountiful source of fresh water in the form of a great spring. The city is currently developing its mostly-abandoned Army base and an observance of its 125th year of public existence is planned for this summer. (The local library is a repository for glass-negative images detailing life and residents in the city's middle decades.)

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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