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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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State Mutual: 1908

State Mutual: 1908

Circa 1908. "State Mutual Building, Worcester, Massachusetts." An 1897 Renaissance Revival confection seen in one of the surreal diagonal perspectives much loved by Detroit Publishing. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

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'Twas A Fine Time To Live

It had to be grand to park any variation of transport in any general direction with no need to parallel park. Alas in the future parking regulations were to fetter the unbridled imagination of inventive drivers everywhere. We are less free because of it.

Chicago School

This has elements of the Chicago School of Commercial Architecture, such as the proportioning based on classical columns (base, shaft and capital). It was a way to provide pleasing proportions to the then-new, massive office buildings being built in cities.

Bundle up!

It'll be cold in the car.


Next door they had binders, one wonders if even then they were full of women?

[They don't have binders, they are binders. - tterrace]

The car in the foreground

looks like a circa 1907 Pierce Great Arrow. These cars sold new for $4,000 to $6,000+, depending on the model.

Still there

Corner of Maple & Main

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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