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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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Railroads, The Gallery

No Meddling: 1899

No Meddling: 1899

Winona, Minnesota, circa 1899. "A sawmill plant." Our title comes from the cryptic sign on the utility pole: DO NOT MEDDLE WITH THE WIRES. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

North by Northwest: 1899

North by Northwest: 1899

Tracy, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Engine of the South Dakota division, Chicago & North Western Ry." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Flatcar Follies: 1920

Flatcar Follies: 1920

Washington, D.C., circa 1920. "Washington Times -- Oil Co." is all it says on this glass negative showing a rusty coal-fired boiler, a crate on skids and a guy holding a beer bottle. National Photo Company Collection. View full size.

 

Subway Uptown: 1905

Subway Uptown: 1905

Circa 1905. "Subway entrance and exit kiosks, East 23rd Street, New York City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Homestead Scrappers: 1908

Homestead Scrappers: 1908

1908. "Loading scrap. Homestead Steel Works, Homestead, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Central Mexicano: 1891

Central Mexicano: 1891

        One of William Henry Jackson's "mammoth plate" exposures, made using 18x22 inch glass negatives, a massive view camera, assorted assistants, pack animals and a mobile darkroom that he hauled around by rail with chartered locomotives. This image comes from a number of 8x10 copy negatives exposed in the 1890s from the original 18x22 mammoth plates, which evidently are too big or fragile to scan.

1891. "Mexican Central Railway -- bridge over the Santa Rosa River." 8x10 glass plate made from an 18x22 negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

 

Fox River Mills: 1899

Fox River Mills: 1899

Circa 1899. "Fox River at Aurora, Illinois. Scene on the Chicago & North Western Railway." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Co. View full size.

 

Elmhurst Depot: 1899

Elmhurst Depot: 1899

Elmhurst, Illinois, circa 1899. "Chicago & North Western Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 
 
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