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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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A Grand Day Out: 1908

A Grand Day Out: 1908

"The beach at Gordon Park, Cleveland." Circa 1908, more swimmers and strollers in a scene that looks like something out of "The Music Man." View full size.

 

The Met: 1902

The Met: 1902

New York circa 1902. "Metropolitan Museum of Art." The Fifth Avenue addition to the original 1874 structure nearing completion. The pyramids of rough-hewn limestone blocks in the Beaux-Arts cornice, intended to serve as the basis for four sculptural groups, remain unfinished to this day. View full size.

 

Erie Pavilion: 1908

Erie Pavilion: 1908

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1908. "The beach and pavilion at Gordon Park, Lake Erie." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Waiting for Cinnabon: 1908

Waiting for Cinnabon: 1908

Cleveland circa 1908. "Colonial Arcade." Seen earlier here and here. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Ocean Grove: 1905

Ocean Grove: 1905

The New Jersey shore circa 1905. "Bathing at Ocean Grove." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Fourth Street: 1910

Fourth Street: 1910

Cincinnati circa 1910. "Fourth Street east from Race." Close-up of this view seen earlier. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

White Christmas: 1954

White Christmas: 1954

Another stocking-stuffer from the Shorpy vaults:

My grandmother Sarah Hall and her daughter Barbara at home in Miami Shores, Christmas 1954. 35mm Kodachrome by my grandfather. The tree is a northern blue spruce, spray-painted white with his air compressor. View full size.

 
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