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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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General #3: 1964

General #3: 1964

My family and my dogs are my life, but my love is steam trains. My dad took me as a child on my first train ride on the steam train called the General #3 (yes, the General from the civil war), and that was it. I fell in love with trains. This photo was taken by me as a child. View full size.

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My grandfather, who retired in 1955, was a railway engineer for Canadian Pacific and your photo reminded me of his tie clip of the General that he always wore. He told me that he bought it while visiting relatives in Pennsylvania in the 1920s, and I now have it in a shadow box along with his railway watch and a few photos of my grandparents.

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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