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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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Young Salts: 1900

Young Salts: 1900

The Jersey Shore circa 1900. "Children playing in the surf at Asbury Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Road & Tracks: 1938

Road & Tracks: 1938

January 20, 1938. "San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge under construction. View of track and roadway, lower deck, East Bay. Caltrans, photographer." Historic American Buildings Survey, Library of Congress. View full size.

 

Old Iron Sides: 1907

Old Iron Sides: 1907

Circa 1907. "Cincinnati -- Mount Adams across Ohio River from Covington, Kentucky." With a view of the sternwheeler Iron Sides pushing a coal barge. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Propellers, Etc.: 1925

Propellers, Etc.: 1925

1925. "Western Marine & Salvage Co., Alexandria, Va." Just the place to pick up a salty winch or crusty capstan. National Photo Co. glass negative. View full size.

 

Colossus of Pike Street: 1936

Colossus of Pike Street: 1936

March 6, 1936. "Looking down Pike Street toward the Manhattan Bridge, street half in shadow, rubble in gutters, some traffic." 8x10 gelatin silver print by Berenice Abbott for the Federal Art Project. View full size.

 

Boblo Island Steamers: 1901

Boblo Island Steamers: 1901

Detroit circa 1901. "Windsor ferry dock, Woodward Avenue. Steamers to Bois Blanc Island (Boblo Island), Ontario." We're signed up for the 3:30 excursion, but only if Zickel's Orchestra is playing. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

Pier 23: 1925

Pier 23: 1925

1925. "REO coupe overlooking San Francisco Bay, Embarcadero piers and Yerba Buena Island." Plus an unintentional shadow-selfie. 5x7 glass negative, formerly of the Wyland Stanley and Marilyn Blaisdell collections. View full size.

 
 
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