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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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Moonlight Tower: 1890

Moonlight Tower: 1890

Circa 1880-1899. "Majestic Building, Detroit." And a good view of one of the "moonlight tower" arc lamp standards whose base can be seen in the previous post. Some of these towers are said to have made their way to Austin, Texas, where they are the sole remaining examples of their kind. View full size.

 

Detroit: 1897

Detroit: 1897

Circa 1897. "Post Office, Detroit." Sign on utility pole: "Please do not spit on the sidewalk." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Brooklyn Public Library: 1941

Brooklyn Public Library: 1941

February 4, 1941. "Foyer, Brooklyn Public Library (Ingersoll Memorial), Prospect Park Plaza." Acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Cavalier Hotel: 1931

Cavalier Hotel: 1931

Washington, D.C., circa 1931. "Cavalier Hotel, exterior." A three-room furnished apartment in this building at 3500 14th Street N.W. rented for $115 a month in 1928. 8x10 safety negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Monstera: 1945

Monstera: 1945

March 23, 1945. "Dover Book Shop, 2672 Broadway, New York." Audrey will be happy to ring you up. Acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

Biloxi Shrimps: 1911

Biloxi Shrimps: 1911

March 1911. Biloxi, Mississippi. "View of the Gorenflo Canning Co., taken at 7 a.m. Many tiny workers here, some of whom began to arrive at the factory as early as 5 o'clock, an hour before they were allowed to begin work, and long before daylight on a damp foggy day. The whistle had blown and they came and stood around merely to hold their places. When the shrimp 'catch' has been good, they begin work early, but today it was not good so they were waiting for daylight. In this group I ascertained the ages of a few, as follows. One child of 6 years, one of 7, two of 8, one of 10 and there were many more." (Lewis Wickes Hine.) View full size.

 

Dredge-Boat: 1864

Dredge-Boat: 1864

James River, Va. "Army of the James. Butler's dredge-boat, sunk by a Confederate shell on Thanksgiving Day, 1864." Wet plate glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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