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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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Teeming Buffalo: 1905

Teeming Buffalo: 1905

Circa 1905. "Buffalo, New York, Main Street." A bird's-eye view of Buffalo. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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A Bannerless Day

Why are there no flags flying in this picture? They are so prevalent in all the other photos on the site their absence sticks out like a sore thumb. So many bare flagpoles!

Booming Buffalo

In the early part of the 20th century Buffalo was in the top 10 highest population cities in the country. According to stats of 1900 it was almost 10 times the size of LA in numbers. Of course LA boomed in growth later on.

Streetcars Galore

This seems like an huge number of trolleys just for this street!

Ellicott Square Building

The Ellicott Square building is such an amazing piece of architecture. Having worked in the building for some time, I can honestly say I loved walking into the office every day. If you are ever in Buffalo, make sure to visit it -- it is still a spectacular treat.

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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