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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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Nashville: 1864

Nashville: 1864

1864. View from the Capitol at Nashville, Tennessee. View full size. Wet collodion glass-plate stereograph negative by George N. Barnard.

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Old South

I love this one. You really can feel the chill in the air and maybe the man is wondering how much longer can the war go on??? I live in Decatur, Alabama and it seems some still carry the war with them on some level? i love this site and your pictures most of all!!!

Sky Blue

I thought this photo would look good with color.

Missing Statues

Interesting story. Hopefully the state or some organization will attempt to reproduce at least one set of statues for display.

Nashville 1864

Amazing. So long ago. Really it feels like travelling on a time machine.

In the Moment

Just a fine pic, what clarity of detail, one can almost feel the moment of so long ago....

Tennessee Capitol Statues

Those statues at the Tennessee Capitol have been missing for about 50 years until one turned up recently in a private park. You can see the story here.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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