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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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Wired: 1906

Wired: 1906

Circa 1906. "Post Office, Albany, New York," amid the usual cat's cradle of streetcar, telephone and telegraph wires. If the byword of 1960s America was "plastics," half a century earlier it was "copper." View full size.

 

Cloak and Suit: 1912

Cloak and Suit: 1912

Detroit circa 1912. "Elliott, Taylor & Woolfenden -- cloak and suit." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Lafayette Square: 1905

Lafayette Square: 1905

Buffalo, New York, circa 1905. "Lafayette Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Seeandbee: 1912

Seeandbee: 1912

November 9, 1912. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Steamer Seeandbee on the ways just before the launch." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Hanging Rock: 1901

Hanging Rock: 1901

Circa 1901. "Hanging rock on the Susquehanna near Danville, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Manhattan Panorama: 1906

Manhattan Panorama: 1906

New York circa 1906. "Manhattan skyline and East River." Panorama of two 8x10 inch glass negatives. Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Press Men: 1901

Press Men: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Press room, Richmond & Backus Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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