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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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Flame War: 1905

Flame War: 1905

New York circa 1905. "Fighting the Flames, Dreamland, Coney Island." The exterior of this thrilling attraction. 8x10 glass negative. View full size.

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The Politics of Amusement

Fascinating story of how this place came to be. Why give people free access to the beach when we can charge them to see an orangutan?

'Mowgli' the Missing Link?

"Giant orang-utan, Wildman of the Woods." How curious. Cashing in on the Kipling craze, I guess.

Mowgli wasn't listed in the opening-day lineup, described below in a May 8 1904 ad from The Sun. Sounds like it was quite a spectacle: "Fall of Pompeii", "Submarine Boat", "Midget City, 300 Lilliputians", "Peter F. Dailey, A Paris Novelty" -- sounds rather ooh-la-la -- and of course "4,000 People Fighting the Flames."

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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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