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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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Shuttered Dreams: 1937

Shuttered Dreams: 1937

Charleston, South Carolina, 1937. "Old House, Henrietta and Elizabeth streets." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston. View full size.

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In First Class Condition

In the late 1800s, 7 Elizabeth Street was a grocery store and then a bakery and confectionery (Sanborn Map of 1888) operated by Otto Lorenz (grocer) and the Engel family (bakery).

The building was “in first class condition” when advertised for sale in April of 1911.

Not a Painted Lady!

My folks were married in 1929, and they made it through the depression, as My father was able to make a living selling (of all things) paint. As I look at the photos of old houses and storefronts from that time period, I can't help but wonder "How in the devil was dad able to sell paint? It looks like nobody ever painted their properties." He must of been one heck of a salesman to make a living selling paint in those days.

Forget the Stairs

Getting to the first floor will be very fast just by stepping into the balcony!


That kind of house looks like a fire waiting to happen.

Aged wood, bone dry, and probably obsolete electric wiring, and almost certainly rodents that would just like to take a bite out of the gutta-percha clad wiring.

The old house is gone.

But the old neighbor is still there:

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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