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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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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CANADA FOR FISHING

Boats & Bridges

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.

 

Union Depot: 1905

Union Depot: 1905

The Mississippi River circa 1905. "Union Depot and steamboat landing at foot of Jackson Street, St. Paul, Minnesota." Starring the sidewheeler Hiawatha. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Armada Americana: 1898

Armada Americana: 1898

Circa 1898. "Armored cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn, stern view." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 

Ghost Ship: 1909

Ghost Ship: 1909

April 28, 1909. "Launching party, freighter Benjamin Noble, Wyandotte, Michigan." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

        Top-heavy with a cargo of steel rails, the Benjamin Noble capsized in a squall 20 miles out from Duluth on April 14, 1914, vanishing into Lake Superior with the loss of all hands. After 90 years as a "ghost ship," its wreck was discovered at a depth of 400 feet off Knife Island in 2004, the front half buried in 40 feet of mud -- "heavily overloaded, just a submarine waiting to happen."

 

Across the Allegheny: 1910

Across the Allegheny: 1910

Pittsburgh circa 1910. "Sixth Street Bridge and skyscrapers across the Allegheny River." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Aloha Girls: 1948

Aloha Girls: 1948

June 22, 1948. "Pretty Hawaiian girls," from Look magazine. View full size.

 

Just Add Water: 1912

Just Add Water: 1912

November 8, 1912. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Steamer Seeandbee on the ways, broadside." The Great Lakes sidewheeler, built for the Cleveland & Buffalo Transit Co., the day before its launch at the Detroit Ship Building yards. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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