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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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Carrel of the Belles: 1953

Carrel of the Belles: 1953

April 24, 1953. "Towson, Maryland. Goucher College, Library interior III. Moore & Hutchins, client." Acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

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In Praise of Books

When I was in the university back in the late 1960's, the study 'carrels' were a very important part of my education. They were quiet, surrounded by books and not internet no social media no nothing other that the 'mind books study' and the thing that still stays with me….the smell of a book. This day and age of media with Ibooks is sooo sterile and I still prefer a printed book over the e version…why? I still to this date look to buying a book and flip its pages to smell…yes smell. To my there is nothing like the smell of the print and paper of a book to engage me to the print of all things.

Nine inch floor tiles

Popular for decades and most likely these are green. The lighting looks perfect for reading and staying awake.

Analytical Chemistry, Volume 2

I had to look inside one of those books, so I picked one at random.

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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