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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 Colonnade: 1907

The Colonnade: 1907

Circa 1907. "Colonnade, Central Park, Louisville, Kentucky." In addition to the gleaming white public buildings seen here earlier, the Derby City was also home to many gleaming white people. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Woof: 1906

Woof: 1906

Circa 1906. "Union Station, Louisville, Kentucky." Continuing our architectural tour of the Derby City, with Fido as our guide. 8x10 glass neg. View full size.

 

Primitive Ferry: 1907

Primitive Ferry: 1907

Circa 1907. "Primitive ferry, High Bridge, Kentucky River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Postal Castle: 1906

Postal Castle: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "The Post Office." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Old Gold: 1906

Old Gold: 1906

Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "A tobacco market." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Bathing Girls: 1922

Bathing Girls: 1922

"Lansburgh Bathing Girls, 1922." Avert your eyes, gentlemen -- the leftmost lady's knees are showing. Next to her, Shorpy regulars will recognize Iola Swinnerton, winsome Washington beauty. National Photo glass negative. View full size.

 

High Bridge: 1907

High Bridge: 1907

High Bridge, Kentucky, circa 1907. "High Bridge and Kentucky River." At right is a section of the stairway seen here yesterday. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 
 
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