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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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Court Square: 1906

Court Square: 1906

Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1906. "Commerce Street from Court Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Pretty much a one-horsepower town

Apparently, to really lay skid marks, you needed a brace of mules.


I wonder what is in the windows that looks like a bunch of elephant tusks?

[The windows have been soaped -- there's nothing inside except for some crates. - Dave]

5 Floors Up

I see the rear window.


Check out the clown feet on the young boy standing on the far left corner, gazing at the fountain. Perhaps his feet were not that big and the shoes were not his. So many stories from one photo.

[They look normal to me. Then again, if there's one thing I've learned in the past few years it's that you can never underestimate the commentariat's knowledge of, and interest in, feet and shoes. - Dave]

Window dressing

Lady on the 5th floor of the building on the right. Second window from the right edge. First time on Shorpy to see a woman sitting side saddle on a window sill.

Chock full.

This photo is amazing! So much to see.

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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