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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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Got Bread?

Got Bread?

Bread peddlers, East Side Manhattan circa 1915. View full size. 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection.

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Ah! that explains it.

Thanks. The mystery is solved.


"Pre-flash" was an old technique of slightly fogging the film in an attempt to soften the image. It predates flash photography.

Re: Solarize / preflash

The solarized-looking areas are places where the thickest parts of the emulsion are deteriorating, getting darker and flaking on the glass negative, possibly due to mold. On the positive when the image is inverted, the effect is a white outline. There was no flash used. And no film, either.


The out of focus images of a few people in the background look almost solarized. Can anyone explain this effect. Could it be an artifact of pre-flashing the film?

Fresh bread

Imagine trying to sell bread like this today, I think the board of health would be shocked

Secret Agent Man

I love the guy peeking around the corner!!

[Also note the kid on roller skates! - 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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