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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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Candy, Electricity: 1940

Candy, Electricity: 1940

September 1940. "Main street in Montrose, Colorado." Special guest appearance by Reddy Kilowatt. Medium format negative by Russell Lee. View full size.

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Electric co-ops

Interesting history of providing power to rural areas. Few people realize electric cooperatives supply power to over half of the US land mass.

[Almost three-quarters of the country by land area, but only 11 percent of kilowatt-hours consumed. - Dave]

Car ID

L-R: 1937 DeSoto, 1936 Ford, 1931 Chevrolet, 1930 Chevrolet, 1936 Chevrolet, 1938 Chevrolet, Buick?, 1937 Chevrolet, 1940 Ford, 1937 Hudson

Reddy has left the building

And his building has left as well, but the adjacent buildings beyond it appear to have survived. Interestingly, the bank location is still still a bank, but the beautiful old structure is long gone.

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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