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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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Boats & Bridges

Topinabee Landing: 1910

Topinabee Landing: 1910

Circa 1910. "Topinabee Landing, Hamill's Inland Route, Cheboygan-Petoskey, Michigan." Excursionists on the dock, just in from an outing. View full size.

 

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Columbian Caravels: 1905

Circa 1905. "Caravels and La Rabida (Sanitarium for Children), Jackson Park, Chicago. Replicas of the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria that participated in the World's Columbian Exposition." Note the hand-propelled trike. Happy Columbus Day from Shorpy! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906

Boy, Bike, Boat: 1906

The Detroit River circa 1906. Steamer Tashmoo at St. Clair Flats, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Porifera Aplenty: 1906

Porifera Aplenty: 1906

Circa 1906. "Sponge yard along the docks. Nassau, Bahama Islands." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

On the Ropes: 1904

On the Ropes: 1904

Florida circa 1904. "Surf bathing at Palm Beach." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Harbor Springs: 1906

Harbor Springs: 1906

Michigan circa 1906. "Harbor Springs and Harbor Point, Little Traverse Bay." Panorama made from two 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Surfside One: 1908

Surfside One: 1908

Miami circa 1908. "Cocoanut trees along the docks." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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