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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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Chinese Opera House: 1908

Chinese Opera House: 1908

New York, 1908. "The Chinese Opera House." 5-7 Doyers Street. 8x10 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.

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Street, meet sidewalk

Looks like either the street has grown taller over the years or the sidewalk has been replaced by one that's shorter. Comparing the bottom of that sewer pipe, I'd say the street has gotten thicker.

Chinese Opera House

This is 5 Doyers Street between the Bowery and Pell Street, right along the Bloody Angle. Here’s a current view of the site.

5-7 Doyers, the former Opera House, is now CC Fashion. Click to enlarge.

[Fascinating. A hundred years later the bottom section of that cast-iron drainpipe is still there. - Dave]

Gritty Texture

Fans of gritty texture and realer-than-real detail should immediately go to the large view. Great study.

[Also note the two women in the window. - 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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