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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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Georgia Lee: 1906

Georgia Lee: 1906

Mississippi River circa circa 1906. "Steamer Georgia Lee at Memphis, Tenn." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


The short life of Georgia Lee.

Built in 1898 at Jeffersonville, Indiana. Owned and operated by the Lee Line of Memphis. Ran on both the lower Misssissippi and Ohio rivers. Lost in 1918 to ice floes at Memphis.

Mr. Whirligig

That's a whirligig. The arms would rotate as the wind caught them. BTW, that's the bow, not the stern.

Old Man River

"Tote that barge, lift that bale, get a little drunk and ya land in jail." Perfectly depicted here. What would we do without Shorpy, best thing on the interweb.


Who is the character on top of the short post on the stern?


Send for Grayson and Keel. It's showtime!

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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