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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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The Storeroom: 1904

The Storeroom: 1904

East Rochester, New York, circa 1904. "Storeroom at Merchants Despatch Transportation Co." Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative. View full size.


Dream Loft

I can see HGTV going crazy with this space in today's world, turning it into a "living space" for trendy yuppies. There would be stainless steel appliances and granite everywhere!


That isn't a trapdoor. It's a scale used for weighing the cart loads.

Crate & Barrel

An interesting photo from the B.C. era (Before Cardboard) of packaging. Wooden barrels and crates, and excelsior instead of bubble wrap or styro peanuts. When I was a tot in the 1950s, I loved it when a new family would move into the neighborhood because that meant there would lots of excelsior-stuffed barrels out by the curb, back when they were used for packing dishes and glassware. With two or three you could make a nifty barrel-fort.

Going Down

There was a worker pulling that wagon until he stepped on that trapdoor. Poor guy!

Apparently amongst the first

in the fight for smoke-free workplaces!

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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