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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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The Drifter: 1912

The Drifter: 1912

Northern California circa 1912. "Boating on the Russian River at Healdsburg." 6x8 inch glass negative by Howard Clinton Tibbitts. View full size.

 

Palm Gardens: 1912

Palm Gardens: 1912

Miami circa 1912. "Car'Dale Tower and landing, head of navigation, Miami River." At left, the Musa Isle Fruit Farm, also known as Richardson Grove. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

Crawlspace Canoe: 1950s

From circa 1950s Columbus, Georgia, comes this uncaptioned News Archive negative of a young man and his dugout, evidently crafted in the basement. Ready to open that spigot and float off to points unknown. View full size.

 

Columbus in Chicago: 1911

Columbus in Chicago: 1911

Chicago circa 1911. "Steamer Christopher Columbus." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

USS Mayflower: 1907

USS Mayflower: 1907

1907. "Sidewheeler Queen Anne and president's yacht Mayflower (top) at Old Point Comfort, Virginia." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

 

Steam Players: 1907

Steam Players: 1907

The Ohio River circa 1907. "Along the levee at Cincinnati." The Coney Island Co. sidewheeler Island Queen and her retinue. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

 

High Roller: 1902

High Roller: 1902

Circa 1902. "Steel viaduct over Des Moines River, Iowa. Chicago & North Western Railway." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company. View full size.

 
 
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