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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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Library of Congress: 1905

Library of Congress: 1905

Washington, D.C., circa 1905. "Library of Congress, Main Reading Room." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


Glass vs. Digital

I will always prefer the glass over the digital. I think it looks much better. Awesome.

OK Colorizers

Do your stuff. Let's see how close you can come.


That the more things change, the more they stay the same. Thanks


Comparing this photo with the 2007 version was awesome. So little change. The big difference is color, quality of the lens and film between the two.

[Technically speaking, neither one uses film -- the 1905 photo was made on glass, and the 2007 photo is digital. - Dave]

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