Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.
Toledo, Ohio, circa 1909. "Madison Avenue." Fast-forward a few years from our previous view of downtown Toledo and we now have automobiles and a "New Boody." Which if you ask us looks very much like the Old Boody. View full size.
Toledo, Ohio, circa 1905. "Madison Avenue from Summit Street." Featuring the Hotel Boody and a number of Painless Dentists, as well as a nice display of wallpaper and "decorative materials." 8x10 glass negative. View full size.
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