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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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Filling Station: 1907

Filling Station: 1907

Bellows Falls, Vermont, circa 1907. "The Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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The hydrant

Note the vintage fire hydrant, and the carbon arc lamps over the street.

Hasn't changed all that much

...and how mine works.

I'm always counting flagpoles in the photos. If I ever return to 1900, I plan on being a flagpole salesman.

Early Esso

Nothing like a centrally located refueling station.

For More Than Horses

I'm waiting for the next Stanley Steam Car to stop by for a fill-up.
That was an event in those days!


Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) building is on the left.

When I was a young boy, my friends and I had several discussions about what type of person was a member of "that" club.

Windows on the Past

As a young lad in Scranton in the early 1950s, my first job was helping my Uncle Hank put up awnings. It was tough work of lifting and climbing. I tend to notice first in Shorpy's pictures the awnings. These seem to have stripes and probably colorful ones. No particular statement here, just showing how my mind works!

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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