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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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Jax Landing: 1897

Jax Landing: 1897

Florida circa 1897. "Sidewheeler City of Jacksonville at Beresford on the St. Johns." 8x10 inch glass negative by William Henry Jackson. View full size.

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Spanish moss afire

Just such moss was the source of a fire that destroyed much of the city just 4 years after this picture was taken.

Spanish moss

I'm pretty sure what you thought was bundles of roof shingles was actually bales of Spanish moss. Between 1900 and the 30s Spanish moss was produced by southern states like Florida, Lousiana, etc. and shipped north to be used as stuffing and packing material and such.

Lake Beresford

Is about 130 miles South of downtown Jacksonville, near Deland. Photo from Lake Beresford Yacht Club dock.


Are those roofing shingles on the dock?


Looks to me like a sternwheeler.

[Nevertheless, it's a sidewheeler. -tterrace]

Rather 'shortsighted' of me to overlook the back half of the boat.

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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