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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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Pain's Spectacle: 1905

Pain's Spectacle: 1905

Brooklyn circa 1905. "Oriental Hotel and bath house, Manhattan Beach, N.Y." At left, a sign pointing the way to the bicycle track as well as "Pain's Spectacle in Fireworks." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

The Great Creatore: 1903

The Great Creatore: 1903

Circa 1903. "Symphony Hall -- Boston, Mass." And yet another sign advertising The Great Creatore and his Italian Band. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Mechanics Hall: 1903

Mechanics Hall: 1903

1903. "Mechanics' Hall, Boston." Last seen here. Coming in October: The 2nd Triennial Merchants & Mechanics Exposition. Plus: The Great Creatore and his Italian Band. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

A Slice of Ice: 1906

A Slice of Ice: 1906

Woburn, Mass., circa 1906. "Ice harvesting on Horn Pond -- baring off the floats." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Hudsons Bay: 1919

Hudsons Bay: 1919

San Francisco, 1919. "Hudson autos at Land's End." Conveyances for at least four furry friends. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin. View full size.

 

Daily Fiber: 1942

Daily Fiber: 1942

September 1942. "Substitute materials -- something new in apple containers. To replace nail-bound wooden boxes, a fiber carton has been developed." An innovation known today as the cardboard box. Medium format nitrate negative by William Perlitch for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

Hanover Under the Elms: 1900

Hanover Under the Elms: 1900

Hanover, New Hampshire, circa 1900. "North Main Street, Dartmouth College." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE
Shorpy.com | 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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