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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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Ghost Concourse: 1910

Ghost Concourse: 1910

Circa 1910. "Train concourse, Union Station, Washington, D.C." Time exposure capturing hundreds of ephemeral footfalls. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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Be very, very still...

I guess we can surmise that the man in the distance remained motionless for the entire exposure. How could he avoid checking his iPhone for such a long time?

Sunlight through the skylights!

It's too bad they had to block those skylights when they restored the building in the 80s. It's lovely to see how it was intended to look in the day, with the light pouring through.

One of My Favorites

This is a great photo. One of my all time favorites on Shorpy. I have it in my bookmarks to eventually order a print.

Arc lamps?

Those lights look like arc lamps. Are they? I've never seen arc lamps used indoors before. How were they serviced? Was there a way to lower them like outdoor arcs? And what about the fumes?


I did something similar in a panoramic photo on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Instead of a long exposure, I did multiple exposures at several angles, then stacked them in Photoshop, and used the statistics function to remove the differences (all the cars and pedestrians), and then stitched the panorama. Have a look below, though the 490 px width limits the photo's impact.

[Try this: Upload a larger second photo, uncheck "list" for both pictures, and use html to make the 490px photo enlarge. - Dave]

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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