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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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Urban River: 1905

Urban River: 1905

Circa 1905. "Twelfth Street bascule bridge over the Chicago River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

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Draft Gear, Old and New Conversion

The four foot long diagonal lever to the right on the passenger car platform would be a cut lever for an earlier Miller Coupler. The coupler has been retrofitted with a slotted Miller Knuckle for compatibility with MCB (Janney) and link and pin couplings, per DepotHacks post below.

Draft Gear, Old & New

Turn of the century (1900) railroad rolling stock had a unique feature that shows up pretty well in this old Chicago photo. Viewed "full size", a little horizontal slot is visible in the knuckle portions of the two drawbars of the steam engine tender and the old passenger coach. The reason for that slot was to enable coupling up the new and more modern coupling equipment (Janney Coupler) to the old "link & pin" equipped cars that still existed until such equipment was finally phased out sometime around World War Two. Trainmen would guide the link into the "slot" in the knuckle, and then drop a pin into the hollow knuckle and thru' the old style link to make the joint. This obviously allowed trains to be made up of mixtures of the old and the new, until all the old link & pin style were gone by some time in the '50's. I really like photos that show old railroad equipment like this one!

We meet again

We were here earlier to see the bridge raised - Gangway for Andy: 1900.

The guy went back inside!

One in 2008, one in 2014, one in 2018. How many more of these shots are out 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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