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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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Morningside Park: 1904

Morningside Park: 1904

New York circa 1904. "Morningside Park, Cathedral of St. John the Divine under construction." Panorama made from two 8x10 glass negatives. View full size.

 

Above It All: 1908

Above It All: 1908

New York circa 1908. "Morningside Park and elevated line." Another view of the "L" seen here a few days ago. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Iroquois Iron: 1901

Iroquois Iron: 1901

Chicago circa 1901: "Casting pig iron, Iroquois smelter." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Chop Suey Canyon: 1916

Chop Suey Canyon: 1916

Detroit, 1916. "Park Boulevard canyon." A tip of the Shorpy hat (Department of Belated Publicity) to Dr. Bertha J. Gaylord, chiropractor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The Motor City: 1917

The Motor City: 1917

Circa 1917. "Detroit looking southeast along Woodward Avenue from the Whitney Building." Shorpy landmarks here include the Wayne County Building, Hotel Pontchartrain, Ford Building, Dime Bank and Detroit Post Office. View full size.

 

Sky Riders: 1905

Sky Riders: 1905

New York circa 1905. "The elevated." I think the most interesting thing here is the wonderful signage. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Just One More

Just One More

The Kiss. Sometime in the 1950s, likely in Decatur, Illinois. View full size.

 
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