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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.

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Arctic Circle: 1900

Arctic Circle: 1900

Niagara Falls circa 1900. "General view of falls in winter." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Back to the wild

I am struck by the lack of civilization in this photo. Except for a few buildings on the Canadian side and the one building on the American side, it is all wilderness. Today the Canadian side is chock full of casinos, hotels, and eating establishments with loud signs.

Come On In

I wonder if there were any of those "Polar Bear" clubs in existence there? Did anyone attempt to swim in that water?

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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