Selected Shorpy images that feature insulators

Introduction: Pat Barkwell began to circulate links to images from www.shorpy.com via email to ICON at some point in early 2010. These are vintage large format images taken of ordinary daily life where insulators just so happen to be in the pictures. It became apparent to me over time that this could become a great visual reference for line construction of the day, especially in large cities. The purpose of this archive is to create a library of links to images of interest for future reference by collectors. I've extracted some key information from the image captions to allow the images to be sorted by year, location and dates added. You can also search for text within the captions. Links can be submitted by anyone.

Please email your submissions to: Dave Wiecek: dwiecek@optonline.net

Last updated: Friday, November 24, 2017; Total photos: 506

Year Location Shorpy Image Title and Caption Added on Shorpy Added Here
1940 Shafter, CA A Tale of Two Chevys: 1940
March 1940. "Cooperative gas station at Shafter migrant camp. Shafter, California." Medium format acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration.
November 21, 2017 November 24, 2017
1910 Philadelphia, PA Edifice Drex: 1900
Circa 1900. "Drexel Institute, Philadelphia." Attended by an assortment of superannuated streetlights. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
November 14, 2017 November 18, 2017
1899 Winona, MN The Winona: 1899
Winona, Minnesota, circa 1899. "Winona Hotel." Spelled out in Edison bulbs. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 6, 2017 November 12, 2017
1905 Port Huron, MI Howard Furniture: 1905
Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1905. "Armory (Charles Baer Bldg.) and Maccabees Temple." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
November 6, 2017 November 12, 2017
1910 Charleston, SC New Charleston: 1910
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. "New Charleston Hotel and Meeting Street." Close by: A bootery, office supplies and "Shaving Parlor." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 8, 2017 November 12, 2017
1937 Hagerstown, MD Making the Rounds: 1937
October 1937. "Houses near the railroad tracks. Hagerstown, Maryland." With a return appearance by the boys last seen here. 4x5 inch acetate negative by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration
November 2, 2017 November 12, 2017
1941 Little Falls, NY Little Falls: 1941
October 1941. "Looking toward the river. Little Falls, New York." Which is at least a two-stoplight town. Medium format negative by John Collier.
November 11, 2017 November 12, 2017
1949 Philadelphia, PA Southwark Plumbing: 1949
"Southwark Plumbing & Heating Supply, Philadelphia, 1949." 4x5 acetate negative from the archives of Signal Corps photographer Lt. Joseph Zinni.
November 3, 2017 November 12, 2017
1905 Keene, NH Leafy Keene: 1905
Keene, New Hampshire, circa 1905. "West Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 14, 2017 October 23, 2017
1929 San Francisco, CA Lights Up: 1929
San Francisco circa 1929. "Dodge Brothers truck at City Hall." Where illumination seems to be the order of the day (or night). 5x7 glass negative.
October 17, 2017 October 23, 2017
1900 New Haven, CT Blue Highway: 1900
New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1900. "Sheffield Scientific School, Yale College." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company
May 20, 2017 May 29, 2017
1901 Hot Springs, AR The Eastman Hotel: 1901
Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1901. "The Eastman Hotel." Completed in 1890; demolished 1946 after serving as a hospital annex and transit hub for the military during World War 2. Panorama of three 8x10 glass negatives.
May 16, 2017 May 29, 2017
1905 Charleston, SC Carnival of Cornices: 1905
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1905. "Hotel St. John (Mills House), Meeting Street." Demolished in 1968. 8x10 inch glass negative.
May 24, 2017 May 29, 2017
1900 New Orleans, LA Waiting for Rex: 1900
The Mississippi River circa 1900. "Mardi Gras, New Orleans. Awaiting Rex on the levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 28, 2017 March 6, 2017
1943 Louisville, KY Another Passenger: 1943
September 1943. "Greyhound bus trip from Louisville, Kentucky, to Memphis, Tennessee, and the terminals. Girl waiting for bus by road's edge." Medium format negative by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.
March 4, 2017 March 6, 2017
1905 Hoboken, NJ Over the River: 1905
Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Holland America Piers with view of Manhattan across Hudson River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
February 23, 2017 February 27, 2017
1908 Detroit, MI Rainy Day People: 1908
Detroit circa 1908. "Walker Block, Griswold and Fort Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company
February 21, 2017 February 27, 2017
1905 Tampa, FL Old Tampa: 1905
1905. "Franklin Street, Tampa, Florida." Next stop, Hyde Park. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 13, 2017 February 20, 2017
1905 Knoxville, TN Summer Sale: 1905
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1905. "Gay Street north from Wall Street." Where close inspection will reveal subtle indications of a mid-summer clearance at T. Tobias & Son. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 15, 2017 February 20, 2017
1908 Kansas City, MO Grand Avenue: 1908
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1908. "Grand Avenue north from Twelfth." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 8, 2017 February 9, 2017
1910 Oakland, CA Industrial Eden: 1910
Circa 1910. "Gasometers and rail yard at Oakland, California." 8x6 inch glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co.
January 31, 2017 February 1, 2017
1900 Cleveland, OH Perry-Payne: 1900
Cleveland circa 1900. "Perry-Payne Building, Superior Avenue." This fine old structure, completed in 1888, survives today as an apartment building; the Brown Jug next door has, alas, evaporated along with its "Fine Old Whiskies." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 13, 2017 January 18, 2017
1916 Detroit, MI Ten Cents a Branch: 1916
Detroit circa 1916. "Dime Bank branch, Broadway & Grand Circus Park." Co-starring the Crescent Music Co. and a fine-looking carbon-arc streetlight. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 30, 2016 January 7, 2017
1904 Havana, Cuba The Prado: 1904
Circa 1904. "Havana, Cuba -- the Prado, looking south." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 20, 2016 December 15, 2016
1943 Jacksonville, FL Florida Ice: 1943
February 1943. "Jacksonville, Florida. Street scene in the Negro section." Photo by Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information.
November 24, 2016 December 15, 2016
1904 Braidwood, IL The Braidwood Bunch: 1904
Circa 1904. "Depot at Braidwood, Illinois." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 6, 2016 December 12, 2016
1923 Washington, DC Bucket Brigade: 1923
August 1923. Washington, D.C. "Dump story." The past is a bucket of ashes. Or a pail of water. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
August 23, 2016 December 12, 2016
1902 Greene County, NY Palenville Hotel: 1902
Greene County, N.Y., circa 1902. "Palenville Hotel, Catskill Mountains." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 14, 2016 August 12, 2016
1907 North Adams, MA Main Street: 1907
Circa 1907. North Adams, Massachusetts. "Main Street, looking west." Last seen here, looking the other way. 8x10 inch glass negative.
July 12, 2016 August 12, 2016
1907 Wildwood, NJ The Sheldon: 1907
Circa 1907. "Hotel Sheldon, Wildwood, New Jersey." Streetlight photobomb. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 3, 2016 August 12, 2016
1910 New Orleans, LA Retail White House: 1910
New Orleans circa 1910. "Maison Blanche, Canal Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 26, 2016 August 12, 2016
1943 Isleta, NM Unread Messages: 1943
March 1943. "Isleta, New Mexico. The Santa Fe depot. Horizontal arms on pole indicate a 'red beard,' that is a message is to be picked up by the train crew." Photo by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
August 7, 2016 August 12, 2016
1905 Binghamton, NY Tower of the Press: 1905
Binghamton, New York, circa 1905. "Kilmer Building, Chenango Street." Also known as the Press Building, this was headquarters of patent-medicine magnate Willis Kilmer's newspaper. 8x10 inch glass negative.
May 24, 2016 June 18, 2016
1908 Homestead, PA Steelhenge: 1908
Circa 1908. "Steel ingots, Homestead Steel Works, Homestead, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 5, 2016 June 18, 2016
1918 Oakland, CA Reinventing the Wheel: 1918
Oakland, 1918. "Crating Fageol 'walking tractors' at factory." Our first look at an unusual agricultural implement. 8x10 glass negative.
June 15, 2016 June 18, 2016
1899 MN All a Board: 1899
Minnesota circa 1899. "Winona, a sawmill plant." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company
May 9, 2016 May 19, 2016
1899 Garrison, NY Fellow Travelers: 1899
Circa 1899. "R.R. depot at Garrison, New York." En route to their final destination. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Photographic Company.
May 18, 2016 May 19, 2016
1900 Pensacola Harbor, FL Tall Ships: 1900
Pensacola Bay circa 1900. "Pensacola Harbor, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 12, 2016 May 19, 2016
1903 Boston, MA Mechanics Hall: 1903
1903. "Mechanics' Hall, Boston." Last seen here. Coming in October: The 2nd Triennial Merchants & Mechanics Exposition. Plus: The Great Creatore and his Italian Band. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 7, 2016 May 19, 2016
1905 Washington County, MD Mountain Retreat: 1905
Washington County, Maryland, circa 1905. "Buena Vista Springs station at Pen-Mar." A Blue Ridge mountain resort, developed by the Western Maryland Railway, that took its name from the two neighboring states. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 12, 2016 May 19, 2016
1906 Petoskey, MI Day Trippers: 1906
Circa 1906. "Suburban station at Petoskey, Michigan." A locomotive of the Grand Rapids & Indiana Railroad, with a car bearing the names of Little Traverse Bay and Crooked and Walloon Lakes. 8x10 inch glass negative.
April 20, 2016 May 19, 2016
1908 Pittsburgh, PA The Electric Faucet: 1908
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "Wood Street, looking east." Showing a rare example of the Edison Spigot. 8x10 inch glass negative
April 19, 2016 May 19, 2016
1927 Fredericksburg, VA Spinning House: 1927
Fredericksburg, Virginia, circa 1927. "Spinning house, Prince Edward Street." Where wool, flax, cotton, etc., would have been made into yarns and woven fabrics. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
May 15, 2016 May 19, 2016
1928 Fredericksburg, VA Gentlemen Callers: 1928
Fredericksburg, Va., circa 1928. "Cabin on Barton Street." 8x10 acetate negative by the architectural historian Frances Benjamin Johnston.
March 22, 2016 May 19, 2016
1917 Oakland, CA Western Electric: 1917
Oakland circa 1917. "Western Electric Co. -- looking east toward Pacific Tel." For more than a century, the company was the manufacturing arm of Bell Telephone. 8x6 glass negative by the Cheney Photo Advertising Co
March 21, 2016 March 21, 2016
1901 St. Louis, MO Planters House: 1901
St. Louis circa 1901. "Planters Hotel, Fourth and Chestnut." Completed 1893; demolished 1976. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
February 15, 2016 March 17, 2016
1907 Bethlehem, NH O Little Town: 1907
Circa 1907. "Bethlehem Street looking east. Bethlehem, White Mountains, New Hampshire." Continuing our visit to the Granite State we pause at Merrow's Souvenir Store and photography studio, dealer in Views, Novelties and "Bric-Brac." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 24, 2016 March 17, 2016
1908 Bethlehem, NH Maplewood House: 1908
New Hampshire circa 1908. "Maplewood House, Bethlehem, White Mountains." Completed in 1876, this first-class New England resort burned to the ground in 1963. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 25, 2016 March 17, 2016
1937 Winton, MN Last Call: 1937
August 1937. "Abandoned saloon. Winton, Minnesota." Medium format nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.
February 28, 2016 March 17, 2016
1908 Keene, NH Old New Hampshire: 1908
Circa 1908. "Main Street in Keene, New Hampshire." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 7, 2016 February 15, 2016
1910 New Haven, CT Manual Training: 1910
Circa 1910. "Boardman Manual Training School, New Haven, Connecticut." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 9, 2016 February 15, 2016
1904 Old Orchard, ME Gingerbread Hotel: 1904
Old Orchard, Maine, circa 1904. "Alberta and Velvet hotels." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 2, 2015 December 31, 2015
1906 Boston, MA Mechanics Hall: 1906
Boston circa 1906. "Mechanics Hall, Huntington Avenue." Demolished in 1959 to make way for Prudential Center. 8x10 inch glass negative.
November 7, 2015 December 31, 2015
1915 Fresno, CA Fresno Fruit & Honey: 1915
Fresno, California, circa 1915. "Auto tourists in Fruit Packing District." 8x6 glass negative by Howard Clinton Tibbitts, a San Francisco-based photographer who worked for the Southern Pacific railroad and its Sunset magazine.
November 18, 2015 December 31, 2015
1919 San Francisco, CA A Couple of Cads: 1919
San Francisco circa 1919. "Cadillac touring car and sedan." Touring a veritable wonderland of chalk art. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.
December 11, 2015 December 31, 2015
1937 Shawneetown, IL Shawnee Tavern: 1937
April 1937. "The Posey Building of Shawneetown, Illinois, in which Abraham Lincoln and Robert Ingersoll had law offices." Now home to a newspaper and a bar. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.
October 28, 2015 December 31, 2015
1899 Lewiston, MN The Pulpit: 1899
Circa 1899. "Near Lewiston, Minnesota -- The Pulpit." Yet another rock formation with a fanciful name. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
July 13, 2015 October 16, 2015
1899 Walkerville, Ontario Whisky Warehouse: 1899
Circa 1899. "Hiram Walker & Sons, Walkerville, Ontario." Premises of the venerable Canadian distillery. 8x10 inch glass negative.
August 11, 2015 October 16, 2015
1905 Walkerville, Ontario Distill of the Day: 1905
Walkerville, Ontario, circa 1905. "General offices, Hiram Walker & Sons." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 30, 2015 October 16, 2015
1905 Rochester, NY New York Central: 1905
Circa 1905. "New York Central railroad station, Rochester." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 26, 2015 October 16, 2015
1905 Newport News, VA Newport News: 1905
1905. "Washington Avenue, Newport News, Virginia." A lesson in receding lines of perspective. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
September 3, 2015 October 16, 2015
1906 Worcester, MA Sandwich Depot: 1906
1906. "Post Office, Worcester, Massachusetts." The highlight here (for Shorpy, at least) is the Sandwich Depot next door, and its sign beckoning the passing ghost pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 29, 2015 October 16, 2015
1907 Cape May, NJ Hotel Shoreham: 1907
Circa 1907. "The Shoreham, Cape May, New Jersey." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 21, 2015 October 16, 2015
1908 Duluth, MN The Spalding: 1908
1908. "Spalding Hotel, Duluth Minnesota." Next door to the more intimate Hotel Windsor. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
August 6, 2015 October 16, 2015
1909 Portland, ME Congress Street: 1909
Portland, Maine, circa 1909. "Congress Street south from Market." At right, City Hall in the final stages of construction. 8x10 inch glass negative.
August 26, 2015 October 16, 2015
1910 Utica, NY Hotel Utica: 1910
Utica, New York, circa 1910. "Hotel Utica." Playing next door at the Majestic: "The Fortune Hunter." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
October 15, 2015 October 16, 2015
1910 Columbus, OH Mail Pouch: 1910
Circa 1910. "Columbus, Ohio, from Great Southern Hotel." Photobombed by the Mail Pouch Tobacco horse. 8x10 inch glass negative.
July 25, 2015 October 16, 2015
1922 San Francisco, CA Jurassic Truck: 1922
San Francisco, 1922. "Fageol truck on construction ramp." Flintstones-era dumper with solid rubber tires. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.
July 27, 2015 October 16, 2015
1929 Washington, DC Pole Cat: 1929
Washington, D.C., 1929. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. lineman." Last seen here. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
June 30, 2015 October 16, 2015
1939 San Francisco, CA Key System: 1939
April 1939. "San Francisco, California, seen from the First Street ramp of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge." Before BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) crossed the bay, there was the Key System. Photo by Dorothea Lange.
May 20, 2015 October 16, 2015
1958 Oakland, CA The Case of the Battered Buick
Oakland, Calif., circa 1958, and yet another fender-bender. Let's move along, folks. Nothing to see here! 4x5 acetate negative from the News Archive.
October 3, 2015 October 16, 2015
1906 Charleston, SC Old Charleston: 1906
South Carolina circa 1906. "Old Charleston. Church Street just below Tradd Street showing Col. Robert Brewton's house -- No. 71 Church Street at left with piazza." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 27, 2015 April 20, 2015
1929 Washington, DC A Higher Calling: 1929
Washington, D.C., 1929. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. lineman." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
April 19, 2015 April 20, 2015
1935 San Francisco, CA Bridge Out: 1935
San Francisco, 1935. "Oldsmobile coupe and Golden Gate Bridge under construction." Only two more years and this lady will be able to cross. 8x10 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection.
March 24, 2015 April 20, 2015
1937 San Francisco, CA Texaco Test Car: 1937
June 15, 1937. Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco. "Texaco Test Fleet auto at Joe DiMaggio Grotto. Driver of Pontiac with restaurant manager Tom DiMaggio." 8x10 film negative from the Wyland Stanley collection.
April 6, 2015 April 20, 2015
1906 Montgomery, AL Exchange Hotel: 1906
Circa 1906. "New Exchange Hotel. Montgomery, Alabama." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 12, 2015 March 25, 2015
1906 Salem, MA Free to Visitors: 1906
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "John Ward house, Prison Lane." Later moved to its current location on Essex Street. 8x10 inch glass negative.
March 24, 2015 March 25, 2015
1907 Chattanooga, TN Tenn Span: 1907
1907. "County bridge, Tennessee River, Chattanooga." The Walnut Street Bridge, now a "linear park" for pedestrians. 8x10 inch glass negative.
March 18, 2015 March 25, 2015
1940 San Francisco, CA Upward Oldsmobile: 1940
San Francisco, 1940. "Oldsmobile sedan and pedestrians ascending steep grade." With the Palace of Fine Arts and Golden Gate Bridge in the distance. 8x0 film negative, originally from the Wyland Stanley collection.
March 23, 2015 March 25, 2015
1905 Petoskey, MI WELCOME: 1905
Circa 1905. "Petoskey, Michigan -- Lake Street." Rolling out the Welcome Arch. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 20, 2015 February 28, 2015
1906 Mobile, AL King Cotton: 1906
Mobile, Alabama, circa 1906. "Cotton Exchange." A building with beaucoup bling -- note the crown-topped bale signifying you-know-what.
February 8, 2015 February 28, 2015
1906 Birmingham, AL Neighbors: 1906
1906. "Birmingham, Alabama -- Jefferson County Courthouse and St. Paul's Church." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 19, 2015 February 28, 2015
1906 Montgomery, AL Southern Gothic: 1906
1906. "Post Office -- Montgomery, Alabama." Municipal Dungeon (Basement Level) open daily 9 to 3. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
February 5, 2015 February 28, 2015
1909 Portsmouth, NH Pleasantville: 1909
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1909. "Congress Street near Market Square." With at least two painless dentists, an optician, hatter and oyster house among the merchants vying for your trade. 8x10 inch glass negative.
February 22, 2015 February 28, 2015
1936 San Francisco, CA Big Rigs: 1936
August 15, 1936. "Sterling trucks in San Francisco." With a chain drive that looks like something off a giant bicycle. 8x10 inch acetate negative.
February 19, 2015 February 28, 2015
1901 Scranton, PA The Electric Building: 1901
Scranton, Pennsylvania, circa 1901. "Board of Trade and Linden Street." Completed in 1896, this precursor to the city's Chamber of Commerce, known as the Electric Building for almost a century, is a landmark for the giant SCRANTON THE ELECTRIC CITY sign on its roof since the 1920s.
November 29, 2014 December 27, 2014
1904 Miami, FL Avenue C: 1904
1904. "Avenue C -- Miami, Fla." Renamed First Avenue after the city's brief fling with lettered streets. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
December 9, 2014 December 27, 2014
1904 Duluth, MN Crown Restaurant: 1904
Superior Street, Duluth, 1904." Last glimpsed here, five years in the future. The latest installment of Minnesota Monochromes. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 22, 2014 December 27, 2014
1924 San Mateo County, CA Health Deputy: 1924
San Mateo County, California, 1924. "Daly City Deputy Health Officer and construction trucks." Also the quarters of the Constable, not to mention "Oiling & Greasing." 6˝ x 8˝ inch glass negative by Christopher Helin.
December 15, 2014 December 27, 2014
1943 Elmhurst, IL Bicycle Crossing: 1943
January 1943. "Freight train operations on the Chicago and North Western Railroad between Chicago and Clinton, Iowa. The train rushing through the town of Elmhurst, Illinois." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
December 9, 2014 December 27, 2014
1943 Emporia, KS Emporia Junction: 1943
March 1943. "Emporia, Kansas. Passing Emporia Junction switch tower as the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train pulls into the yard." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
December 6, 2014 December 27, 2014
1920 San Francisco, CA Need Lumber Quick?: 1920
San Francisco in 1920. "Federal truck -- Van Arsdale-Harris Lumber Co., Fifth and Brannan." 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.
November 14, 2014 November 30, 2014
1921 San Francisco, CA Angler-Saxon: 1921
San Francisco, 1921. "Saxon auto and fishing boats." Another automotive brand not long for this earth. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.
November 10, 2014 November 30, 2014
1926 San Francisco, CA Paiges on Parade: 1926
"Paiges on Fillmore Hill at Broadway." San Francisco in 1926 is the setting for this latest entry in the Shorpy Pageant of Extinct Conveyances, a passel of parked Paiges. 8x10 film negative by Christopher Helin.
November 20, 2014 November 30, 2014
1906 Memphis, TN Municipal Memphis: 1906
1906. "Cossitt Library and Post Office, Memphis, Tennessee." This Romanesque castle in red sandstone, at Front and Monroe on the banks of the Mississippi, was the city's first public library when it opened in 1893.
October 16, 2014 November 8, 2014
1906 Hancock, MI Quincy Copper: 1906
1906. "Shaft No. 2, Quincy copper mine, Hancock, Michigan." Whatever is going on in there, we're glad we don't have to wash the windows.
October 9, 2014 November 8, 2014
1906 Knoxville, TN Timeless Depot: 1906
Circa 1906. "Southern Railway station, Knoxville, Tenn." What has four faces but no hands? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 29, 2014 November 8, 2014
1910 Detroit, MI Detroit Edison: 1910
Circa 1910. "Edison Electric plant (Detroit Edison Company), Detroit, Michigan." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 4, 2014 November 8, 2014
1915 Iglesia El Carmen, Antigua Ruinas el Carmen: 1915
Circa 1915. "Travel views of Guatemala. View from northeast of Iglesia el Carmen, Antigua." 4x5 nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe.
November 2, 2014 November 8, 2014
1925 Mendocino County, CA Covelo Stables: 1925
1925. "Indian guides and Nash auto at Covelo stables. Mendocino County, Calif." Along with a tin-sign Who's Who of the 1920s soft drink industry, starting with Shorpy's favorite beverage, Whistle, and its slogan "WHIZ-WHIM-WHANG." 6˝ x 8˝ glass negative from Wyland Stanley via Marilyn Blaisdell.
November 6, 2014 November 8, 2014
1900 Albany, NY State Capitol: 1900
Circa 1900. "State Street & Capitol -- Albany, New York." 6˝x8˝ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 26, 2014 September 30, 2014
1920 San Francisco, CA Grant Six: 1920
Somewhere around San Francisco in 1920. "Grant Six touring car." Pointed straight into the 20th century, although the Grant brand itself was not long for this world, expiring in 1922. 5x7 glass negative by Christopher Helin.
September 28, 2014 September 30, 2014
1943 Washington Court House, OH ColumBus: 1943
September 1943. "Washington Court House, Ohio. Passenger boarding Greyhound bus." Photo by Esther Bubley for the Office of War Information.
September 7, 2014 September 30, 2014
1905 Delaware Water Gap, PA Souvenirs & Curios: 1905
Circa 1905. "Street view, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." Where the archi­tectural aesthetic seems to be Rustic Twig. 8x10 glass negative.
July 28, 2014 August 22, 2014
1910 Jacksonville, FL Forsyth Street: 1910
1910. "Forsyth Street looking east." Our 20th large-format, high-resolution view of Jacksonville, Florida. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
August 16, 2014 August 22, 2014
1906 Poughkeepsie, NY Prosperous Poughkeepsie: 1906
1906. "Columbus Institute, Poughkeepsie, N.Y." With a tailor, cycle shop, dentist and chewing gum close at hand. Along with whatever it is the Columbus Institute does. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 10, 2014 July 23, 2014
1943 Ash Fork (vicinity), AZ Smoke Signal: 1943
March 1943. "Ash Fork, Arizona (vicinity). Passing an eastbound freight on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Winslow and Seligman." Medium-format negative by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.
July 10, 2014 July 23, 2014
1905 Homestead, PA Carnegie Steel: 1905
Circa 1905. "Carnegie Steel Plant, Homestead, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 1, 2014 July 6, 2014
1909 Auckland, New Zealand Rotorua Express: 1909
New Zealand in 1909. "The Rotorua Express leaving Auckland, alongside Customs Street East." Glass negative by A.P. Godber.
June 20, 2014 July 6, 2014
1923 Washington, DC Pole Position: 1923
Washington, D.C., 1923. "A.W. Leonard." National Photo Company lensman "Artie" Leonard chasing a shot.
June 19, 2014 July 6, 2014
1903 Augusta, GA Rise & Fall: 1903
Augusta, Georgia, circa 1903. "Albion Hotel and Confederate Monument." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 17, 2014 June 7, 2014
1910 Detroit, MI The Lookout: 1910
Detroit circa 1910. "House of Correction." With everyone in place for the big jailbreak. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 3, 2014 June 7, 2014
1906 Malden, MA Pleasant Street: 1906
Malden, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Pleasant Street from Malden Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 15, 2014 May 17, 2014
1910 Little Rock, AR Signs and Portents: 1910
Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "Main Street." Home to a number of intriguing juxtapositions. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
May 2, 2014 May 6, 2014
1911 Charleston, SC Chimneys of Charleston: 1911
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1911, with a waterfront rooftop view. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 29, 2014 May 6, 2014
1901 Chelsea, MI Stove-Cam: 1901
Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, general view." In the four years since our last visit from this perspective, one of the fence-leaners has made his way across the tracks. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
April 28, 2014 April 28, 2014
1902 Dayton, OH Third Street Presbyterian: 1902
Dayton, Ohio, circa 1902. "Third Street Presbyterian Church." Scrolling top to bottom in Full Size mode, you get a nice visual allegory: Heaven to Earthy. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 25, 2014 April 26, 2014
1905 PA PA Flyer: 1905
Circa 1905. "Pennsylvania Flyer, eastbound." Heading past Telegraph Pole National Forest. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 24, 2014 April 26, 2014
1908 Denver, CO Welcome to Denver: 1908
Denver, Colorado, circa 1908. "Welcome arch and Union Depot." Where blurry pedestrians risk the retoucher's brush. 8x10 glass negative.
April 15, 2014 April 26, 2014
1934 Weaverville, CA Weaverville: 1934
March 10, 1934 "Weaverville, Trinity County, California. General view looking west." Not much evidence of a Great Depression other than the NRA sign in a store window. Photo by Roger Sturtevant for the Historic American Buildings Sur­vey. We wonder if he ever crossed paths with Dorothea Lange.
April 23, 2014 April 26, 2014
1900 New Orleans, LA Bon Temps: 1900
Feb. 27, 1900. "Mardi Gras procession on Canal Street, New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 12, 2013 April 7, 2014
1905 Mackinac Island, MI Rugs & Bric-a-Brac: 1905
Circa 1905. "Main Street -- Mackinac Island." Where pedestrians may avail themselves of Bailey's, a Buffet, Bazaar and Bric-a-Brac.
April 7, 2014 April 7, 2014
1939 Selma, AL Jewel: 1939
1939. "St. James Hotel, Selma, Dallas County, Alabama. Building dates to circa 1840. Now market warehouse. Three story brick masonry, two story porch, ornamental iron work." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
April 5, 2014 April 7, 2014
1942 Richwood, WV Northward Bound: 1942
September 1942. "Richwood, W. Va. Station scene at departure of men to help in the harvest in upstate New York." Photo by John Collier.
April 6, 2014 April 7, 2014
1910 Detroit, MI Victorian Vines: 1910
Detroit circa 1910. "Bagley Homestead -- Michigan Conservatory of Music." Former abode of Michigan Governor John Judson Bagley (1832-1881). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 25, 2014 March 25, 2014
1941 Sarasota, FL Pale Driver: 1941
January 1941. "Guest at Sarasota, Florida, trailer park washing his car." This would be Mr. White from Virginia. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott.
March 18, 2014 March 25, 2014
1905 Knoxville, TN Hey There: 1905
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1905. "Cumberland Club and Walnut Street." Quick, someone call the Photobomb Squad. 8x10 glass negative.
March 14, 2014 March 14, 2014
1908 Atlantic City, NJ Guarantee Trust: 1908
Circa 1908. "Atlantic Avenue -- Atlantic City, N.J." The business end of A.C. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company
March 7, 2014 March 14, 2014
1959 Long Island, NY A Diamond for Lil: 1959
March 3, 1959. "Long Island Lighting Co. trucks and men." A Diamond T truck bearing the likeness of Lilco's "Lil." Photo by Gottscho-Schleisner.
March 10, 2014 March 14, 2014
1905 Atlantic City, NJ Carnival of Fire: 1905
Atlantic City circa 1905. "Hotel Chalfonte and Boardwalk." Where the diversions include shooting flames, rolling chairs and "social drama." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 6, 2014 March 7, 2014
1910 Charleston, SC King Street: 1910
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. "King Street, south." Among the merch­ants vying for your trade are a Bible depository, Victor Talking Machines dealer and branch of the "Wide Awake" store. 8x10 inch glass negative.
March 4, 2014 March 7, 2014
1922 Washington, DC Polar Volleyball: 1922
February 1922. Washington, D.C. "Barefoot volleyball in snow." Recreation at Fort Frostbite. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
February 26, 2014 March 7, 2014
1934 Lincoln, NE High Voltage: 1934
June 1934. "Nebraska State Capitol at Lincoln. Transformers." Large-format acetate negative by Gottscho-Schleisner.
February 21, 2014 March 7, 2014
1939 Josephine County, OR Technocracy Inc.: 1939
August 1939. Josephine County, Oregon. "New sign, erected seven years after Howard Scott talked of a survey of North America and formation of 'energy units,' which had widespread vogue in the early years of Depression." Another of Dorothea Lange's quirky-sign photos.
February 27, 2014 March 7, 2014
1939 Savannah, GA Troll Hole: 1939
1939. "Georgia Central Railway Bridge, Railroad Street, Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Schwab and Mueller, engineers, 1848-1858." Another view of the span seen here. Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
March 5, 2014 March 7, 2014
1910 Manchester, NH Beech Street: 1910
Circa 1910. "Beech Street -- Manchester, New Hampshire." Note the carbon arc lamp and its elaborate rigging. 8x10 glass negative.
February 5, 2014 February 20, 2014
1910 Mobile, AL Monroe Park: 1910
Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. "A pretty bit of Monroe Park -- bandstand and yacht club pier." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 14, 2014 February 20, 2014
1910 New Orleans, LA Smart Clothes: 1910
Canal Street in New Orleans circa 1910. Large building is the Maison Blanche department store. 8x10 inch glass negative, exposed about six minutes before this image, posted here three years ago. Detroit Publishing Co
February 6, 2014 February 20, 2014
1911 Burlington, VT Church Street: 1911
Burlington, Vermont, circa 1911. "Church Street north from Bank Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
February 18, 2014 February 20, 2014
1922 Laurel, MD Off the Rails: 1922
July 31, 1922. Laurel, Maryland. "Two B&O freights wrecked in head-on crash at Laurel switch." Details here. National Photo glass negative.
February 5, 2014 February 20, 2014
1936 IN Globe Gasoline: 1936
May 1936, somewhere in Indiana. "Auto transport at gas station." Everyone has a nice hood ornament here. Photo by Carl Mydans.
February 6, 2014 February 20, 2014
1937 Washington, DC Shampoo: 1937
Washington, D.C., or vicinity circa 1937. "Potomac Electric Power Co. -- Pole setting." Safety negative by Theodor Horydczak.
February 18, 2014 February 20, 2014
Undated Los Angeles, CA SP Cab-Forward: Undated
Arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles. Southern Pacific was unique in its use of the massive cab-forward design, intended to keep crewmen cooler and awake while traversing the numerous tunnels on many of the Line's routes. The picture is from the late 40s or early 50s. Photographer: Don Hall, Sr.
October 27, 2007 February 20, 2014
1865 Richmond, VA Libby Prison: 1865
April 1865. "Richmond, Virginia. Libby Prison." The infamous Confederate jail. Composite of two stereograph wet plate glass negatives.
January 30, 2014 January 30, 2014
1900 Milwaukee, WI City Hall: 1900
Circa 1900. "City Hall, Milwaukee, Wisconsin." Overhead, a tracery of streetcar wires. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 10, 2010 January 30, 2014
1910 Cleveland, OH State of New York: 1910
Cleveland, Ohio, ca. 1910. "Cuyahoga River from the viaduct." Sidewheeler State of New York at the Detroit & Cleveland Navigation Co. docks.
October 30, 2012 January 30, 2014
1912 Miami, FL Halcyon Hotel: 1912
January 29, 1912. "Halcyon Hotel, 12th Street and Avenue B, Miami, Florida." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 23, 2012 January 30, 2014
1900 Port Huron, MI Port Huron: 1900
Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1900. "General view east from Post Office." The signs are everywhere in this bird's eye view of the business district.
January 7, 2014 January 22, 2014
1904 Montpelier, VT The Pavilion: 1904
Circa 1904. "State Street and Pavilion Hotel, Montpelier, Vermont." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 20, 2014 January 22, 2014
1923 New Orleans, LA Horsy Chapeau: 1923
New Orleans circa 1923. "View of a street and roofs." Also an ice wagon whose horse is wearing a hat. Bonus points if you can identify the street. Nitrate negative by Arnold Genthe.
January 22, 2014 January 22, 2014
1937 Charleston, SC Rickety Manor: 1937
1937. "Charleston, South Carolina. 727 Bay Street." Come in, and watch your step. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
December 22, 2013 December 23, 2013
1914 Washington, DC Gaslight Alley: 1914
Washington, D.C., 1914. "Alley clearance -- slum views." (Seen earlier here.) Familiar fixtures from a century ago include the gas lamp, maypole-style phone pole and a turnbuckle star. Harris & Ewing glass negative.
December 12, 2013 December 16, 2013
1915 Crockett, CA The Sugar Factory: 1915
Crockett, Calif., circa 1915. "South view of refinery and entrance to Loring Avenue." Plant of the California & Hawaii Sugar Refining Co.
December 11, 2013 December 11, 2013
1864 Atlanta, GA The Roundhouse: 1864
November 1864. "Railroad yards at Atlanta. The Roundhouse. Ruins of depot, blown up on Sherman's departure." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard. Civil War glass negative collection, Library of Congress.
April 2, 2011 December 9, 2013
1904 Atlantic City, NJ Virginia Avenue: 1904
Circa 1904. "Virginia Avenue -- Atlantic City, New Jersey." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 4, 2013 December 4, 2013
1908 York, ME York Village: 1908
Circa 1908. "Street in York Village, York, Maine." Where perambulating is encouraged and moseying is mandatory. 8x10 glass negative.
November 28, 2013 December 2, 2013
1943 Chillicothe, IL Iron Dragon: 1943
March 1943. "On the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe between Chicago and Chillicothe, Illinois." Another of the many photos by Jack Delano documenting his trip on a freight train from Chicago to California.
November 24, 2013 November 28, 2013
1896 Wellington, New Zealand Toys & Fancy Goods: 1896
"Elson chemist and Dutton bookshop on Courtenay Place, Wellington, between 1896 and 1897." Glass negative by Frederick James Halse.
November 8, 2013 November 8, 2013
1943 Chicago, IL Frosty the Brakeman: 1943
January 1943. Chicago, Illinois. "Freight operations on the Indiana Harbor Belt railroad between Chicago and Hammond, Indiana. The Chicago & North Western Railroad yard." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.
November 6, 2013 November 8, 2013
1941 Fort Hunter, NY A Foggy Day: 1941
October 1941. "Freight and passenger station. Fort Hunter, New York." Continuing our jaunt Upstate, courtesy of John Collier.
November 6, 2013 November 6, 2013
1908 Marquette, MI More Marquette: 1908
Resuming our visit to the Great Lakes port of Marquette, Michigan, circa 1908 in a view joining two 8x10 glass negatives. At right is another glimpse of Front Street, showing many of the same buildings seen here yesterday. Moving out of the frame, we continue into the panorama that was the subject of the previous post. Points of interest here include various signs, a baby and a cat.
March 1, 2012 October 28, 2013
1909 Marquette, MI High Noon: 1909
Circa 1909. "Marquette, Michigan. Front Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 29, 2012 October 28, 2013
1942 Bingham Canyon, UT Cu Cu Train: 1942
November 1942. "Bingham Canyon, Utah. Ore trains on a trestle bridge above an open-pit mine of the Utah Copper Company." Photo by Andreas Feininger for the Office of War Information.
October 23, 2013 October 28, 2013
1904 Jacksonville, FL Bay Street: 1904
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1904. "Bay Street." Big Hosiery Sale To-day at Furchgott's! 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 18, 2013 October 15, 2013
1904 Columbus, OH The Chittenden: 1904
Columbus, Ohio, 1904. "Chittenden Hotel." Opened 1895, razed 1973. The final installment of our Columbus Day trilogy. 8x10 glass negative.
October 14, 2013 October 15, 2013
1905 Knoxville, TN He Makes Shirts: 1905
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1905. "Looking north on Gay Street from near Clinch Avenue." A pulsing commercial artery where Hope Jewelers, The Man's Store and East Tennessee National Bank are among the businesses vying for your trade. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 30, 2013 October 15, 2013
1905 Rutland, VT U Want a Lunch: 1905
Circa 1905. "Rutland, Vermont -- Center Street." Our title comes from the eatery on the right. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
October 10, 2013 October 15, 2013
1910 Wellington, New Zealand Family Butcher: 1910
1910. Wellington, New Zealand. "David Taylor's butcher shop, Wadestown, showing decorated carcasses and horse-drawn delivery cart. David Taylor in doorway." Glass plate negative by Frederick James Halse.
October 2, 2013 October 15, 2013
1910 Salem, MA Multi-Story Dwelling: 1910
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Nathaniel Hawthorne house." Abode of the author of 19th-century blockbusters The Scarlet Letter and House of the Seven Gables, last seen here. Note the glass insulators in the tree being used as a utility pole. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 4, 2013 October 15, 2013
1910 Coal Creek, TN Winter Job: 1910
December 1910. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek, Tennessee. James has been here four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photo by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee.
August 20, 2013 October 15, 2013
1906 Charleston, SC Peoples National: 1906
Charleston, S.C., circa 1906. "Peoples National Bank, Broad & State Sts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 16, 2013 August 19, 2013
1901 Detroit, MI Traffic Ahead: 1901
Detroit circa 1901. "Woodward and Farnsworth Avenues." The future Motor City on the cusp of the Motor Century. 8x10 inch glass negative.
July 15, 2013 August 12, 2013
1905 Lake Linden, MI Calumet and Hecla: 1905
Circa 1905. "Calumet and Hecla smelters, Lake Linden, Michigan." Starting point for the web of copper telephone and streetcar wires seen in so many of the other Detroit Publishing images. Panorama of two 8x10 glass plates.
June 17, 2013 August 12, 2013
1907 North Adams, MA Hoosac Tunnel: 1907
Circa 1907. "West portal, Hoosac Tunnel, North Adams, Massachusetts." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 11, 2013 August 12, 2013
1907 Burlington, VT Streetlight in Vermont: 1907
Burlington, Vermont, circa 1907. "Church Street looking north from College Street." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 7, 2013 August 12, 2013
1937 Cache, IL Poultry Crossing: 1937
February 1937. "During the flood, cows and chickens were moved to the highest ground possible. Near Cache, Illinois." Aftermath of the Ohio River Valley flood. Photo by Russell Lee for the Resettlement Administration.
June 14, 2013 June 14, 2013
1900 Philadelphia, PA Birthplace of Old Glory: 1900
Circa 1900. "Betsy Ross House, Philadelphia." Our second look at Jack the horse. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 28, 2013 June 13, 2013
1907 Chattanooga, TN Street Gang: 1907
Circa 1907. "Oak Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 30, 2013 June 13, 2013
1908 Littleton, NH Littleton Fruit: 1908
Circa 1908. "Main Street -- Littleton, New Hampshire." Yes, they have bananas, and Moxie, too. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
May 13, 2013 May 20, 2013
1908 North Adams, MA The Wilson: 1908
Circa 1908. "North Adams, Massachusetts -- Wilson Hotel." With "first-class moving pictures" at the Empire Theatre. 8x10 glass negative.
April 22, 2013 April 22, 2013
1906 Norfolk, VA Atlantic Hotel: 1906
Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1906. "Atlantic Hotel, Granby Street." Demolished 1970s. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 20, 2013 April 17, 2013
1906 Saranac Lake, NY Street View: 1906
Circa 1906. Saranac Lake, N.Y. "Street view looking west." Back when the Google-Wagon used glass negatives. 8x10 inch dry plate.
December 30, 2012 April 17, 2013
1907 Plattsburgh, NY Margaret Street: 1907
Circa 1907. "Margaret Street -- Plattsburgh, New York." Once again, it's 8:17. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 15, 2013 April 17, 2013
1908 Holyoke, MA High Street: 1908
Circa 1908. "High Street -- Holyoke, Massachusetts." High Street highlights include the Three Amigos as well as Guy Checking Out Car.
April 15, 2013 April 17, 2013
1908 South Hadley, MA Lyon Hall: 1908
Circa 1908. "Mary Lyon Hall, Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Mass." One of the half-dozen or so campus buildings at American colleges that are named after the 19th-century educator. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
April 14, 2013 April 17, 2013
1908 North Adams, MA North Adams: 1908
Circa 1908. North Adams, Massachusetts. "Main Street, looking east." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 16, 2013 April 17, 2013
1929 Baltimore, MD Patriotic Pole Sitter: 1929
There's no label on this Harris & Ewing plate from the summer of 1929, but it might match up with this news item about the Jazz Age fad of pole-sitting: "August 10, 1929. Twelve-year-old Jimmy Jones descended from his pole this evening and ascended the throne as king of Baltimore's juvenile pole sitters. He had been up since 10 a.m. July 31." Note the light bulb rigged to the seat.
April 16, 2013 April 17, 2013
1937 Rosslyn, VA Fresh Up: 1937
September 1937. "Icehouse. Rosslyn, Virginia." Just across the Potomac from Washington, the home of beer, wine and 7-Up from 7 to 7, as well as one cool cat. Medium-format nitrate negative by John Vachon.
March 13, 2013 April 17, 2013
1937 Williams County, ND The Old Bus: 1937
October 1937. "Old school bus. Williams County, North Dakota." Medium-format negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
January 31, 2013 April 17, 2013
1943 Farwell, TX Plains Grain: 1943
March 1943. "Farwell, Texas, at the New Mexico state line. Going through town on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad between Amarillo, Texas, and Clovis, New Mexico." Photo by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.
April 9, 2013 April 17, 2013
1943 Kiowa (vicinity), KS Waiting for the Light: 1943
March 1943. "Kiowa (vicinity), Kansas. Train waiting for a block signal along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad." Photo by Jack Delano.
March 19, 2013 April 17, 2013
1954 Newark, NJ General Hospital: 1954
December 17, 1954. "Martland General Hospital, Newark, New Jersey. View II. Benson & Mantella, client." Photo by Samuel H. Gottscho.
April 15, 2013 April 17, 2013
1904 Unknown Dynamo Room: 1904
Circa 1904. "Dynamo room with switchboard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 15, 2012 December 13, 2012
1904 Unknown Power and Light: 1904
Circa 1904 somewhere in North America. "Switchboard in dynamo room." 8x10 inch glass negative.
September 14, 2012 December 13, 2012
1905 Coney Island, NY Johnstown Flood: 1905
New York circa 1905. "Johnstown Flood, Coney Island." An attraction commemorating (and profiting from) the deadly Pennsylvania disaster of 1889. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 29, 2012 December 13, 2012
1910 Utica, NY St. James Hotel: 1910
Circa 1910. "St. James Hotel -- Utica, New York." Continuing our tour of the Handshake City. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
September 29, 2012 December 13, 2012
1912 Port Royal, SC Cannery Row: 1912
February 1912. Port Royal, South Carolina. "'We give them houses to live in.' About 50 persons housed in this miserable row of dilapidated shacks located on an old shell-pile and partly surrounded by a tidal marsh. Maggioni Canning Co." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
October 28, 2012 December 13, 2012
1939 Fresno, CA Approaching Fresno: 1939
May 1939. "Between Tulare and Fresno. From the overpass approaching Fresno." Large-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.
December 11, 2012 December 13, 2012
1939 Pittsboro, NC Electric Shoe Shop: 1939
July 1939. "Street encounter on a Saturday afternoon. Pittsboro, North Carolina." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange.
November 14, 2012 December 13, 2012
1941 New Baltimore On The Hudson, NY The Pop Shop: 1941
October 1941. New Baltimore on the Hudson, New York. "Store on the Hudson." Held together by pop signs. My favorite is the one for Nehi -- nothing goes with grape soda like a sexy pair of gams! Photo by John Collier.
October 28, 2012 December 13, 2012
1862 Manassas, VA Off the Rails: 1862
March 1862. "Manassas, Va. Orange & Alexandria Railroad wrecked by retreating Confederates." Wet plate glass negative by George N. Barnard.
July 21, 2012 September 4, 2012
1890 New Orleans, LA Horsecar Opera: 1890
New Orleans circa 1890. "The Clay Monument, Canal Street." Fascinating details abound in this scene captured by William Henry Jackson: The 1-horsepower horsecar, the ancient carbon-arc lamp suspended from a complicated-looking boom, and much signage. Personal favorites: WIG MANUFACTORY, and logo of the ETV&G (East Tennessee, Virginia and Georgia) Railway.
July 7, 2012 September 4, 2012
1905 Charleston, SC Meeting and Queen: 1905
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1905. "Meeting Street and St. John Hotel," a.k.a. the Mills House. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
July 1, 2012 September 4, 2012
1906 Daytona, FL Florida Souvenirs: 1906
Daytona Beach, Florida, circa 1906. "Beach Street, with souvenir shops." Glimpsed earlier here. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
August 29, 2012 September 4, 2012
1912 Detroit, MI Small Steaks: 1912
Detroit circa 1912. "Dime Savings Bank, Woodward & Willis branch." As is often the case with these glass plates, a supporting player steals the scene: Jordan's Cafeteria, where the Small Steak is 20 cents. The friendly loan officers next door can help with that. Detroit Publishing Company.
July 15, 2012 September 4, 2012
1921 Hyattsville, MD Chez Balberg: 1921
Prince George's County, Maryland, circa 1921. "Balberg house, Hyattsville." The address looks to be 137. Bonus points if you can find the street.
July 19, 2012 September 4, 2012
1928 Washington, DC Telco Truck: 1928
Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
September 1, 2012 September 4, 2012
1908 Sault Sainte Marie, MI Served by the Soo: 1908
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, circa 1908. "Algonquin Tannery." Served by the Soo Line, as well as the Duluth, South Shore & Atlantic.
May 3, 2012 May 21, 2012
1939 Brawley, CA Route 99: 1939
February 1939. "On U.S. 99 near Brawley, Imperial County, California. Homeless mother and youngest child of seven walking the highway from Phoenix, Arizona, where they picked cotton. Bound for San Diego, where the father hopes to get on relief 'because he once lived there.'" Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.
May 21, 2012 May 21, 2012
1904 Portland, ME Middle Street: 1904
Portland, Maine, circa 1904. "Middle Street." Much signage for various goods and services including Taxidermy, Trunks & Bags and "The Ezy Blind Worker." Something to do with window shades, maybe, or a kind of libertine Helen Keller. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 2, 2012 May 2, 2012
1909 Millville, NJ Bottle Boy: 1909
November 1909. Wheaton Glass Works, Millville, N.J. "Day scene in New Jersey Glass House. Boy is Howard ____, 15 years old but has been in the glass works for two years, and has worked some at night." Photo and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine for the National Child Labor Committee.
April 22, 2012 May 2, 2012
1910 Jacksonville, FL Hotel Windle: 1910
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Forsyth Street west from City Hall." Note the city-issued car tags. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 5, 2012 May 2, 2012
1922 Laurel, MD Train Wreck: 1922
Laurel, Maryland. July 31, 1922. "Two B&O freights wrecked in head-on crash at Laurel switch." National Photo Company glass negative.
April 5, 2012 May 2, 2012
1905 Augusta, GA Our Confederate Dead: 1905
Augusta, Georgia, circa 1905. "Albion Hotel and Confederate Monument." A full view of the memorial glimpsed here last week. The main inscription: "No nation rose so white and fair. None fell so pure of crime." Facing the camera: Stonewall Jackson. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 27, 2012 March 27, 2012
1901 Coney Island, NY The Great Coal Mine: 1901
New York circa 1901. "The Great Coal Mine, Coney Island." From the book Coney Island and Astroland: "The Great Coal Mine was a 1,500-foot-long dark ride that enabled visitors to travel on coal cars through several levels of a dimly lit simulated mine. It opened in 1901 on the north side of Surf Avenue at West Tenth Street, was not very popular, and was soon replaced by L.A. Thompson's Oriental Scenic Railway." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
March 22, 2012 March 25, 2012
1905 Augusta, GA The Albion: 1905
Augusta, Georgia, circa 1905. "The Albion." Please watch your step crossing the street. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 22, 2012 March 25, 2012
1904 Daytona, FL Daytona Beach: 1904
Florida circa 1904. "Beach Street, Daytona." Note the early Coca-Cola sign on Burdine's Pharmacy. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
March 21, 2012 March 22, 2012
1908 Petoskey, MI Welcome to Petoskey: 1908
Circa 1908. "Lake Street, Petoskey, Michigan." A bustling hub of commerce offering silk shawls, "kimonas" and "the place U-R looking for." As well as a nice arch. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 15, 2012 March 16, 2012
1906 Louisville, KY The Kind Father Drinks: 1906
Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "Lincoln Savings Bank." An interesting sampling of signage here, including the second appearance on Shorpy in recent weeks of an advertisement for Capt. Woodward's trained seals.
February 11, 2012 March 13, 2012
1907 New Orleans, LA Mardi Gras: 1907
New Orleans circa 1907. "The Rex pageant, Mardi Gras." Laissez les bons temps rouler! Panorama of two 8x10 glass plates, Detroit Publishing.
February 21, 2012 March 13, 2012
1908 Mackinac Island, MI Surrey With the Fringe on Top: 1908
Mackinac Island, Michigan, circa 1908. "New Mackinac and New Murray Hotels." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 2, 2012 March 13, 2012
1910 New Haven, CT Campus Life: 1910
New Haven, Connecticut, circa 1910. "Students leaving Battell Chapel, Yale University." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
March 13, 2012 March 13, 2012
1910 Detroit, MI Ford Motor Company: 1910
Circa 1910. "Ford Motor Co., Detroit, Michigan. Highland Park plant." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 23, 2012 March 13, 2012
1901 Danville, PA Hanging Rock: 1901
Circa 1901. "Hanging rock on the Susquehanna near Danville, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 11, 2012 January 30, 2012
1901 Scranton, PA Riding the Rails: 1901
Circa 1901. "On the Lackawanna near Scranton, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 20, 2012 January 30, 2012
1905 Delaware Water Gap, PA Kittatinny House: 1905
Circa 1905. "Kittatinny House, Delaware Water Gap, Pennsylvania." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 18, 2012 January 30, 2012
1906 Worcester, MA Main Street: 1906
Circa 1906. "Main Street, Worcester, Massachusetts." Bonbons and dance lessons are among the goods and services on offer in this bustling burg.
January 30, 2012 January 30, 2012
1906 Albany, NY Wired: 1906
Circa 1906. "Post Office, Albany, New York," amid the usual cat's cradle of streetcar, telephone and telegraph wires. If the byword of 1960s America was "plastics," half a century earlier it was "copper."
January 13, 2012 January 30, 2012
1908 Pittsburgh, PA Over and Up: 1908
Continuing our tour of Pittsburgh circa 1908. "Pittsburgh & Lake Erie R.R. station and Mount Washington -- Smithfield Street Bridge and Monongahela Incline." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 27, 2012 January 30, 2012
1905 Atlantic City, NJ Seawater Baths: 1905
Circa 1905. "Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Strollers on parade, at least one beach baby, and a number of ponies. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
December 29, 2011 December 29, 2011
1903 New Orleans, LA Cotton on the Levee: 1903
New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1903. "Mule teams on the levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 16, 2011 December 16, 2011
1903 Knoxville, TN The Buggy Company: 1903
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1903. Yet another view of that bustling commercial artery known as Gay Street, home to Broyles, McClellan & Lackey, dealers in Seeds, Fertilizers, Farm Machinery and Buggies, Harness and Horse Goods. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 13, 2011 December 13, 2011
1905 Knoxville, TN Mexican Mustang: 1905
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1905. "Gay Street looking north from Clinch Avenue." Featuring the Mayor of Gay Street, and sponsored by Mexican Mustang Liniment. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 11, 2011 December 13, 2011
1910 Knoxville, TN Colonial Hotel: 1910
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1910. "Gay Street looking north from Main Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 5, 2011 December 13, 2011
1910 Mobile, AL This Way to Kloskys: 1910
Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. "Royal Street looking north." Points of interest include a lineman up a pole and the fickle finger of retail.
November 27, 2011 December 13, 2011
1939 Convent, LA Convent Postmistress: 1939
Circa 1939. "Post Office in Convent, Louisiana." 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.
December 12, 2011 December 13, 2011
1905 Syracuse, NY Clinton Square: 1905
Syracuse, New York, circa 1905. "Clinton Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 23, 2011 November 23, 2011
1906 Providence, RI Gorham: The Sequel 1906
Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1906. "Gorham Manufacturing Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 19, 2011 November 23, 2011
1910 Mobile, AL Royal Street: 1910
Mobile, Alabama, circa 1910. "Royal Street looking south from St. Francis." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 21, 2011 November 23, 2011
1900 Cleveland, OH Rheumatic Liberator: 1900
Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. "Epworth Memorial Church." The title for this post, continuing today's mini-trend, comes from some barely visible signage. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 1, 2011 November 1, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Scarlet Letter Written Here: 1906
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Nathaniel Hawthorne house." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 1, 2011 November 1, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Salem Witch House: 1906
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "The Old Witch House." In the best Early American tradition, a blending of history and retailing: The Witch House Parlors (enter through the antique store) and Witch House Trial Room (right this way through the pharmacy). 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing.
October 28, 2011 October 28, 2011
1900 Petoskey, MI Meanwhile, Back in Petoskey: 1900
Petoskey, Michigan, circa 1901. "Grand Rapids & Indiana R.R. station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 11, 2011 October 26, 2011
1906 Kansas City, MO BOT: 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Board of Trade Building." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 25, 2011 October 26, 2011
1910 Pittsburgh, PA Double Play: 1910
Circa 1910. "Pittsburgh waterfront, Allegheny River." Something for everyone here: Bridges, riverboats, a rail yard and two baseball games. And a high-rise natatorium. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
October 10, 2011 October 26, 2011
1912 Cambridge, MA Harvard Underground: 1912
Cambridge, Massachusetts, circa 1912. "Entrance to subway, Harvard Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 21, 2011 October 26, 2011
1908 Grand Rapids, MI Candy Kitchen: 1908
Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "View of Monroe Street showing Hotel Pantlind." Not to mention the Candy Kitchen and Ice Cream Parlor. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 26, 2011 September 27, 2011
1908 Grand Rapids, MI The Hat That Talks: 1908
Grand Rapids, Michigan, circa 1908. "Monroe Street." Your headquarters for chatty chapeaux. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
September 26, 2011 September 27, 2011
1910 Norfolk, VA Our Confederate Dead: 1910
Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1910. "Confederate Monument." Our third look at Norfolk this week reveals another MacDonald's Luncheon & Cigar, as well the Stag Hotel and terminals for the Portsmouth and Berkley ferries. And: Clam Broth Served Daily. Whew! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
August 25, 2011 September 12, 2011
1917 Norfolk, VA Central Y: 1917
Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1917. "Central Y.M.C.A." And another example of the light bulb arches that were in vogue a century ago. 8x10 glass negative.
September 9, 2011 September 12, 2011
1917 Norfolk, VA Main Street: 1917
Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1917. "Main Street." The port city's bustling business district. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 24, 2011 September 12, 2011
1917 Norfolk, VA Naval Y.M.C.A.: 1917
Norfolk, Virginia, circa 1917. "Naval Y.M.C.A." Everyone knows the words, right? 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 22, 2011 September 12, 2011
1905 Newport News, VA Noon Whistle: 1905
Newport News, Virginia, circa 1905. "Noon hour at the shipyard." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 7, 2011 August 14, 2011
1905 Detroit, MI Tubular Lanterns: 1905
Detroit circa 1905. "Buhl Stamping Co., 3rd Ave. and Larned." Note the "Cheese Factory" milk cans illustrated between the windows, and the arc-lamp "moonlight tower" to the right. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
August 8, 2011 August 14, 2011
1910 Detroit, MI Down to the River: 1910
Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "Approach to the Detroit River tunnel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 9, 2011 August 14, 2011
1917 Detroit, MI Cityscape: 1917
Detroit circa 1917. "Looking northwest from roof of interurban station." Landmarks here include the Hotel Pontchartrain, Ford Building and Dime Savings Bank. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
August 13, 2011 August 14, 2011
1938 Omaha, NE Buyer Get Busy: 1938
"Alex's Bargain Center, South Omaha's Largest Selection of Work and Dress Clothing." Store in Omaha, Nebraska catering to farmers. November, 1938.
August 8, 2011 August 14, 2011
1911 Alexandria, VA Night Shift: 1911
June 1911. Alexandria, Virginia. "Old Dominion Glass Co. A few of the young boys working on the night shift at the Alexandria glass factory. Negroes work side by side with the white workers." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
August 4, 2011 August 4, 2011
1900 Portland, ME Listen My Children: 1900
Portland, Maine, circa 1900. "Longfellow's birthplace." The home where Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was born in 1807, when Portland was part of Massachusetts. Off to the right, in front of the Block Shop: Two Shortfellows. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 3, 2011 August 3, 2011
1900 Hot Springs, AR Seven Points: 1900
Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1900. "Seven Points." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 2, 2011 August 3, 2011
1908 Albany, NY Keeler's: 1908
Albany, New York, circa 1908. "Keeler's Hotel." Next door, one category of retailing that's taken a hit over the years: "Carriage & Sleigh Robes." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 3, 2011 August 3, 2011
1906 Kansas City, MO No Loafing: 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Jackson County Court House." Please mind the signs. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 23, 2011 July 25, 2011
1906 Kansas City, MO Skating Masquerade: 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Convention Hall." For four days only, a "Grand Skating Masquerade." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
July 23, 2011 July 25, 2011
1904 Detroit, MI Campbell's Empire: 1904
Circa 1904. "Empire Theater, Detroit." Valet parking for bicycle patrons! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 22, 2011 July 24, 2011
1906 Cincinnati, OH Eden Park: 1906
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1906. "Main entrance to Eden Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 18, 2011 July 18, 2011
1900 IL The Sentinels: 1900
Circa 1900. "Interlocking signal plant, Chicago & Alton Railway." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 28, 2011 July 17, 2011
1902 St. Paul, MN St. Paul P.O.: 1902
Circa 1902. "Post office at St. Paul, Minnesota." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 21, 2011 July 17, 2011
1906 Knoxville, TN True Grit: 1906
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1906. "Wall Street west from Gay." Behind the smudges and fingerprints, an interesting slice of life.
July 12, 2011 July 17, 2011
1906 Atlantic City, NJ Windsor Castle: 1906
Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1906. "Hotel Windsor and Boardwalk." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 16, 2011 July 17, 2011
1910 Jacksonville, FL Hotel Seminole: 1910
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Hotel Seminole." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 12, 2011 July 17, 2011
1910 Niagara Falls, NY The Clifton: 1910
Niagara Falls, new York, circa 1910. "Clifton Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 14, 2011 July 17, 2011
1912 Detroit, MI Between the Grands: 1912
Detroit circa 1912. "Pringle Furniture Co., Gratiot Avenue." Establishing shot of the home-furnishings crypt seen here. 8x10 glass negative.
July 15, 2011 July 17, 2011
1912 Wyandotte, MI Dept. of Life Rafts: 1912
July 10, 1912. Wyandotte, Michigan. "Detroit Ship Building Co., life rafts dept." Our second peek behind the scenes. 8x10 inch glass negative.
July 11, 2011 July 17, 2011
1906 Albany, NY New Kenmore: 1906
Albany, New York, circa 1906. "New Kenmore Hotel." Familiar street fixtures of the era include the carbon arc lamp, telephone distribution ring and streetcar pylons. Not to mention hostelry with complicated masonry facade. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 14, 2011 June 16, 2011
1906 Tuskegee, AL The Lincoln Gates: 1906
Tuskegee, Alabama, circa 1906. "The Lincoln gates, Tuskegee Institute." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 16, 2011 June 16, 2011
1910 Richmond, VA Filling Station: 1910
Richmond, Virginia, circa 1910. "Masonic Temple." Note the horse fountain with electric illumination. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
June 15, 2011 June 16, 2011
1908 St. Augustine, FL Cozy Inn: 1908
St. Augustine, Florida, circa 1908. "St. George Street." Where ice cream cones and gun-trunk-umbrella-sewing machine repairs are just a few steps apart. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 7, 2011 June 8, 2011
1908 Niagara Falls, NY Stop Bryan-Kern: 1908
Niagara Falls, New York, in 1908. "Niagara Street." Presided over by a banner advertising the Democratic presidential ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern. Or advising against them if you take the streetcar sign into account. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 8, 2011 June 8, 2011
1915 Queens County, NY Drop Me a Line: 1915
Queens County, New York, circa 1915. "At Broad Channel -- fishing at your front door." 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.
June 5, 2011 June 8, 2011
1906 Montgomery, AL Court Square: 1906
Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1906. "Commerce Street from Court Square." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 26, 2011 May 28, 2011
1900 Montreal, Quebec Montreal: 1900
Quebec circa 1900. "Jacques Cartier Square, Montreal." One of relatively few Canadian scenes in the archive. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
June 25, 2009 May 23, 2011
1905 Duluth, MN Zenith City: 1905
Duluth, Minnesota, circa 1905. "Elevators and harbor," along with a view of the Incline Railway and many other points of interest, make up our daily dose of Duluth. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
October 7, 2009 May 23, 2011
1906 Kansas City, MO Elks Lodge: 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Elks Club." Welcome to B.P.O.E. 26. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
May 23, 2011 May 23, 2011
1890 New Orleans, LA Canal Street: 1890s
New Orleans in the 1890s. "Canal Street from the Clay monument." Dry-plate glass negative by William Henry Jackson, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 8, 2009 May 22, 2011
1906 Houghton, MI Electri City 1906
Houghton, Michigan, circa 1906. "Shelden Street." Houghton was nothing if not well wired. 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
March 17, 2010 May 22, 2011
1940 Dubuque, IA The Flavor Lasts: 1940
April 1940. "Dubuque, Iowa." Grit and gum in the Key City. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.
May 17, 2011 May 18, 2011
1900 Toledo, OH Boody House: 1900
Circa 1900. "Boody House, Toledo, Ohio." The Boody House hotel at St. Clair and Madison. Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 29, 2009 May 14, 2011
1900 Walkerville, Ontario Walkerville: 1900
Walkerville, Ontario, circa 1900. "Warehouses from R.R., Walker distillery." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 20, 2011 May 10, 2011
1904 Portland, ME Portland, Maine: 1904
Portland, Maine, circa 1904. "Congress Square." 8x10 inch glass transparency (something of a novelty for this collection), Detroit Publishing Co.
May 6, 2011 May 10, 2011
1905 Fishkill-on-the-hudson, NY Looking Down: 1905
Dutchess County, New York, circa 1905. "Mount Beacon Incline Railway, looking down, Fishkill-on-the-Hudson." 8x10 inch glass negative.
May 3, 2011 May 10, 2011
1905 Newport News, VA Wash Ave: 1905
Newport News, Virginia, circa 1905. "Washington Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 10, 2011 May 10, 2011
1915 Cincinnati, OH Cincinnati: 1915
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1915. "View from Mount Adams." At right, a streetcar on the incline railway; the Union Central Insurance tower rises in the distance. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 1, 2011 May 10, 2011
1900 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic City: 1900
Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1900. "Boardwalk, Easter morning." 8x10 dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 11, 2009 April 23, 2011
1905 Port Huron, MI St. Clair Tunnel: 1905
Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1905. "St. Clair Tunnel." Oh, and please note: "No Admittance." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 22, 2011 April 23, 2011
1904 Havana, Cuba Havana: 1904
Havana, Cuba, circa 1904. "Muelle Tallapiedras (Tallapiedra wharf)." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company
April 18, 2011 April 19, 2011
1904 Rutland, VT Rutland: 1904
Rutland, Vermont circa 1904. "Merchants' Row." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 30, 2010 April 19, 2011
1916 New York, NY W.T. Grant Fire: 1916
W.T. Grant department store fire at New York's Sixth Avenue and 18th Street in April 1916. View full size. George Grantham Bain Collection.
October 12, 2007 April 17, 2011
1905 Annapolis, MD The Old Harwood Place: 1905
Annapolis, Maryland, circa 1905. "Old Harwood mansion (Hammond-Harwood House)." Street-furniture nerds will appreciate the carbon arc lamp with the yardarm-style boom, and the odd-looking hydrant.
April 15, 2011 April 15, 2011
1905 Richmond, VA Murphy's Hotel: 1905
Richmond, Virginia, circa 1905. "Murphy's Hotel." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 14, 2011 April 14, 2011
1925 Unknown Street Life: 1925
"Rowhouses and moving company." Circa 1925, the furniture and hauling business of Sam Madeoy at 600 H Street N.E. National Photo Company.
September 6, 2008 April 13, 2011
1926 Alexandria, VA King Street: 1926
Alexandria, Virginia, 1926. "Citizens National Bank, King Street at St. Asaph Street." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
April 13, 2011 April 13, 2011
1939 Halifax County, NC Old House: 1939
1939. Halifax County, N.C. "Old house, Dr. Gideon Hunt Macon (Williams-Reid- Macon House near Airlie)." Frances Benjamin Johnston photo.
June 23, 2010 April 13, 2011
1907 Chicago, IL Commuters: 1907
Chicago circa 1907. "Arriving from the suburbs." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative by Hans Behm, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 16, 2010 April 11, 2011
1908 Port Huron, MI Military Street: 1908
Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1908. "Military Street." Breathe deep its heady mix of cigar smoke, coal soot, gasoline fumes and fresh manure!
April 11, 2011 April 11, 2011
1906 Providence, RI Crawford Street Bridge: 1906
Providence, Rhode Island, circa 1906. "Crawford Street bridge." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 30, 2010 April 10, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Grimshawe House: 1906
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "The Grimshawe House." A pleasant street where the neighbors are quiet and have deep roots in the community. 6˝ x 8˝ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 8, 2011 April 10, 2011
1910 Port Huron, MI Huron Street: 1910
Port Huron, Michigan, circa 1910. "Huron Street and ferry landing." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 7, 2011 April 10, 2011
1939 Dead Ox Flat, OR Dead Ox Flat: 1939
October 1939. "Mr. and Mrs. Wardlaw at entrance to their dugout basement home. Dead Ox Flat, Malheur County, Oregon." Medium-format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Resettlement Administration.
June 9, 2010 April 10, 2011
1900 Ypsilanti, MI Dept. of Public Works: 1900
Ypsilanti, Michigan, circa 1900. "Water tower." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 21, 2010 April 6, 2011
1905 Sault Sainte Marie, MI Canal Parade: 1905
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, circa 1905. "St. Mary's Canal celebration, parade on Ashmun Street." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 5, 2011 April 6, 2011
1906 Birmingham, AL Birmingham: 1906
Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1906. "Second Avenue looking east." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 4, 2011 April 6, 2011
1906 Louisville, KY Central Tobacco: 1906
Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "A tobacco warehouse." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 4, 2010 April 6, 2011
1904 Despatch, NY Merchants Despatch: 1904
Despatch, New York, circa 1904. "New cars, Merchants Despatch Transportation Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
May 30, 2010 April 2, 2011
1905 Poughkeepsie, NY Poughkeepsie Bridge: 1905
New York circa 1905. "Poughkeepsie Bridge." Another look at the giant railroad bridge over the Hudson River. 8x10 inch glass negative.
March 26, 2011 April 2, 2011
1906 Poughkeepsie, NY YWCA: 1906
Poughkeepsie, New York, circa 1906. "Young Women's Christian Association." And, presumably, a young Christian woman at the door.
March 21, 2011 April 2, 2011
1909 Cincinnati, OH The Tickler: 1909
Cincinnati circa 1909. "Chester Park -- the Tickler." Now "not as rough." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 2, 2010 April 2, 2011
1938 Pointe Coupee Parish, LA Labatut: 1938
Pointe Coupee Parish, Louisiana, 1938. "Labatut. New Roads vicinity, built by Don Evariste de Barra, Spanish grandee, 1800. His descendants, the Labatut and Pugh families, still living here." Photo by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
August 31, 2010 April 2, 2011
1941 San Juan, PR Calle de Coca-Cola: 1941
Street in San Juan, Puerto Rico, December 1941. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, who moved to Puerto Rico permanently in 1946. The cross street is Calle de Rafael Cordero and the street we're looking down is Calle de Dr. Jose C. Barb-- with the last few letters obscured.
May 31, 2007 April 2, 2011
1942 Wisdom, MT Wisdom, Montana: 1942
April 1942. Baker's Garage in Wisdom, Montana. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by John Vachon for the Office of War Information.
January 5, 2008 April 2, 2011
1908 Hot Springs, AR Follow the Finger: 1908
Hot Springs, Arkansas, circa 1908. "Army and Navy General Hospital." Closer to the camera on Reserve Avenue we have the Imperial Bath House and some helpful signage. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 30, 2011 March 30, 2011
1910 Detroit, MI German American Bank: 1910
Circa 1910. "Postal Telegraph Cable office below German American Bank. Possibly Detroit, Michigan." Downstairs: Lafayette Barber, offering Shower and Needle Baths, and something to do with electric vibrators.
March 30, 2011 March 30, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Well Connected: 1906
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Essex Street, looking north from town square." Our third look at this cable-ready mini-metropolis. 6˝ x 8˝ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 19, 2011 March 29, 2011
1908 Niagara Falls, NY Spray Beer: 1908
Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1908. "Imperial Hotel." Where the thirsty traveler could partake of the evocatively named Spray Beer. Around the corner was a Temperance House, whose amenities might have included a milk bar. At left, a political banner advertises the Democratic presidential ticket of William Jennings Bryan and John Kern. 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
March 28, 2011 March 28, 2011
1909 Saranac Lake, NY Good Coal and Wood: 1909
New York circa 1909. "Broadway -- Saranac Lake, Adirondack Mountains." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 28, 2011 March 28, 2011
1910 Cleveland, OH Cuyahoga: 1910
Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1910. "Lift bridge and Superior Street viaduct, Cuyahoga River." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
October 27, 2010 March 24, 2011
1943 Henrietta, MO Henrietta: 1943
March 1943. "Henrietta, Missouri. Going through the town on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad between Marceline, Missouri, and Argentine, Kansas. The operator has just handed up a message." Medium-format nitrate negative by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.
June 4, 2009 March 23, 2011
1906 Louisville, KY Big Box: 1906
Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1906. "Columbia Building, Fourth and Main." An interesting look at the gritty environment of the urban horse. And maybe a record for the number of insulators on one tree in a Shorpy photo.
March 21, 2011 March 21, 2011
1906 Memphis, TN Memphis: 1906
Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1906. "Mississippi River levee from the bluff." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 25, 2010 March 21, 2011
1906 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Cannonball: 1906
Pensacola, Florida, circa 1906. "Louisville & Nashville Railway station." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 20, 2011 March 21, 2011
1905 Pontiac, IL Pontiac Depot: 1905
Circa 1905. "Railway station at Pontiac, Illinois." Next stop: Hooterville. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 12, 2010 March 20, 2011
1910 St. Louis, MO Johnston's Branch Newsies: 1910
St. Louis, Missouri. May 1910. "Newsies. Johnston's Branch adjoining Saloon at 10th & Cass Street." Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
October 10, 2008 March 19, 2011
1907 Louisville, KY The Seelbach: 1907
Louisville, Kentucky, circa 1907. "Seelbach Hotel." Which might have had a roof garden. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 18, 2011 March 18, 2011
1910 Charleston, SC Tradd Street: 1910
Charleston, South Carolina, circa 1910. "Tradd Street -- a bit of Old Charleston." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 19, 2011 March 18, 2011
1910 Charleston, SC Charleston: 1910
Circa 1910. "Charleston, South Carolina." A back-door view of the waterfront. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 17, 2011 March 17, 2011
1937 Charleston, SC The Quarters: 1937
1937. Charleston, South Carolina. 7-9-11 Beaufain Street, "The Quarters." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
June 18, 2010 March 17, 2011
1910 Atlantic City, NJ Shave Yourself: 1910
Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1910. "The Boardwalk at night." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 24, 2011 March 16, 2011
1905 Atlantic City, NJ Meats and Groceries: 1905
Continuing our visit to Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Atlantic Avenue West." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 24, 2010 March 15, 2011
1880 New Orleans, LA The Old French Market: 1880s
Circa 1880s-1890s. "The old French Market, New Orleans." Photo by William Henry Jackson. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative.
August 16, 2009 March 14, 2011
1905 Hoboken, NJ Mysterious Missive: 1905
Hoboken, New Jersey. "Holland America Line piers." This two-plate composite showing the S.S. Potsdam at anchor could be looked at as a letter to the future -- five years into the future, if we compare it to the other Hoboken panoramas posted this weekend. Who can decipher the riddle?
March 13, 2011 March 13, 2011
1910 Hoboken, NJ Holland America: 1910
Hoboken, New Jersey, circa 1910. "Holland America docks and Manhattan skyline." Another three-plate panorama showing the S.S. Rotterdam, and a different perspective on the Curious Tipsy Shed.
March 13, 2011 March 13, 2011
1901 Washington, DC Inaugural Umbrellas: 1901
March 4, 1901. "President William McKinley second inaugural parade, Pennsylvania Avenue." Brady-Handy Collection glass negative.
July 25, 2009 March 11, 2011
1864 Atlanta, GA Marietta Street: 1864
1864. "Atlanta, Georgia. View on Marietta Street." Wet plate negative by George N. Barnard. LOC Civil War glass plate negative collection.
June 26, 2009 March 10, 2011
1943 Clinton, IA On Top of Old Steamy: 1943
Clinton, Iowa. April 1943. "Chicago & North Western Railroad. Women wipers at the roundhouse cleaning one of the giant H-class locomotives." In the red bandanna: Marcella Hart, seen here in a few other posts. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information
March 8, 2011 March 9, 2011
1906 Memphis, TN Work Zone: 1906
Circa 1906. "Main Street. Memphis, Tennessee." Please pardon our dust. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 7, 2011 March 7, 2011
1908 Philadelphia, PA Addams Family Birdhouse: 1908
Philadelphia circa 1908. "Dormitories, University of Pennsylvania." Extracurricular highlights include the gargling goose, an impressive carbon-arc streetlight and of course the Second Empire birdhouse with a little mansard roof. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 7, 2011 March 7, 2011
1900 Arlington, NJ Over and Under: 1900
Circa 1900. "Grade separation near Arlington, New Jersey." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 2, 2011 March 2, 2011
1901 Brooklyn, NY Brighton Beach: 1901
Brooklyn, New York, circa 1901. "Brighton Beach." Where, as noted on the sign, "Neither indecent bathing suits nor immodest deportment will be tolerated." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 2, 2011 March 2, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Frisbee Moxie Witch House: 1906
Salem, Mass., circa 1906. "The Old Witch House." Spells, signs and portents, with an emphasis on signs. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
February 27, 2011 February 27, 2011
1906 New Orleans, LA Payday on the Levee: 1906
New Orleans circa 1906. "Payday on the levee." Don't spend it all in one place. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 25, 2011 February 25, 2011
1906 New Orleans, LA Lugger Landing: 1906
Along the Mississippi circa 1906. "Oyster luggers at New Orleans." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 24, 2011 February 24, 2011
1906 New Orleans, LA The Old Basin: 1906
New Orleans circa 1906. "Charcoal lugger in the Old Basin." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 22, 2011 February 24, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Colonial House Cafe: 1906
Continuing our tour of Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1906. "Colonial House." Next door to a nickelodeon advertising "moving pictures and illustrated songs." 6˝ x 8˝ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 18, 2011 February 21, 2011
1910 Salem, MA Look Out for the Engine: 1910
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Boston and Maine Railroad depot, Riley Plaza." Our second look at this castle-depot and its steam-snorting iron horse. 6˝ x 8˝ inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 20, 2011 February 21, 2011
1906 Salem, MA Locomotive Breath: 1906
Salem, Massachusetts, circa 1910. "Boston and Maine Railroad depot, Riley Plaza." 6˝ x 8˝ inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
February 18, 2011 February 18, 2011
1900 Dwight, IL Dwight Depot: 1900
Circa 1900. "Chicago & Alton station at at Dwight, Illinois." Home to a very healthy looking telegraph pole. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
February 16, 2011 February 16, 2011
1905 Sault Sainte Marie, MI Park Hotel: 1905
Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, circa 1905. "Park Hotel." An interesting cast of characters in less than parklike surroundings. Detroit Publishing.
February 14, 2011 February 14, 2011
1910 Little Rock, AR Markham From Main: 1910
Wrapping up our tour of Little Rock, Arkansas, circa 1910. "Markham Street west from Main." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
February 13, 2011 February 14, 2011
1907 Memphis, TN Union Depot: 1907
Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1907. "Union Depot, Calhoun Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 10, 2011 February 10, 2011
1906 San Francisco, CA Smoking Rubble: 1906
"Nob Hill from roof of Ferry Post Office." San Francisco after the earthquake and fire of April 18, 1906. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
February 3, 2011 February 4, 2011
1910 Cleveland, OH Tumbler: 1910
Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1910. "Rotary coal car unloader." Don't try this at home. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 27, 2011 January 28, 2011
1910 New Orleans, LA Bicycles, Cadillacs: 1910
New Orleans circa 1910. A close-up of the H.A. Testard Bicycles & Automobiles storefront. Detroit Publishing Co.
January 11, 2011 January 12, 2011
1900 Mazonia, IL Mazonia: 1900
Circa 1900. "Chicago & Alton Railroad. Signal station and crossroads at Mazonia, Illinois." 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
January 7, 2011 January 11, 2011
1910 Toledo, OH Big Tipper: 1910
Toledo, Ohio, circa 1910. "Brown hoist, Ohio Central coal dock." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 10, 2011 January 11, 2011
1937 New Orleans, LA Royal Furniture: 1937
New Orleans circa 1937. "842 Royal Street, Sign." Among the highlights: interesting period signage, a ghost pedestrian and an ectoplasmic dog. 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
January 9, 2011 January 11, 2011
1910 Pensacola, FL Pensacola: 1910
Pensacola, Florida, circa 1910. "Louisville and Nashville Railway station." Where libations for the parched traveler are a mere stagger away.
January 6, 2011 January 6, 2011
1920 Fall River, MA Shoe Hospital 1920
Circa 1920, another look at Main Street in Fall River, Massachusetts. Where the Shoe Hospital and Five Cents Savings Bank are mere steps apart. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 2, 2011 January 6, 2011
1910 Jacksonville, FL Jax Nior: 1910
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Forsyth Street at night." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 5, 2011 January 5, 2011
1910 Memphis, TN Memphis Revisited: 1910
Memphis, Tennessee, circa 1910. "Main Street north from Gayoso Avenue." Our second look at the Hotel Gayoso and flower shop next door. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 5, 2011 January 5, 2011
1910 Jacksonville, FL Forsyth Street: 1910
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Forsyth Street, west from Main." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 27, 2010 January 3, 2011
1910 Jacksonville, FL Hotel Duval: 1910
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Hotel Duval." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 27, 2010 January 3, 2011
1907 New York, NY Gotham Rising: 1907
New York circa 1907. "Brooklyn Bridge." Manhattan's 20th-century skyline takes shape. At left, the Singer Building under construction.
December 29, 2010 December 31, 2010
1910 Portsmouth, NH Congress Street: 1910
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1910. "Congress Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 21, 2010 December 23, 2010
1906 Cincinnati, OH Garfield: 1906
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1906. "Garfield statue." Our 20th president, cut down by an assassin's bullet and put up on a pedestal. 8x10 glass negative.
December 20, 2010 December 21, 2010
1910 Detroit, MI 33 Center Street: 1910
Detroit, Michigan, circa 1910. "No. 33 Center Street." Why this little house is in the Detroit Publishing archive is a mystery to me. Note yet another of those maypole-style telephone line drops. 8x10 glass negative.
December 7, 2010 December 9, 2010
1912 Detroit, MI Coal Weather: 1912
Circa 1912. "Coke delivery wagon and workers, Detroit City Gas Company." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 1, 2010 December 3, 2010
1920 Washington, DC Gas Shack: 1920
Washington, D.C., in 1920. "Penn Oil Co., 16th and M Sts." Pardon the mold. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
December 1, 2010 December 3, 2010
Undated Unknown Cross Connect Terminal: Undated
An early telephone cross connect terminal. Location and date unknown
December 2, 2010 December 3, 2010
Undated Unknown Early Telephone Linemen: Undated
A lineman, circa 1890s. Location unknown.
December 1, 2010 December 3, 2010
Undated Unknown Pole Raising: Undated
Workers piking a pole into place. Location and date unknown.
December 2, 2010 December 3, 2010
Undated Unknown Splicers: Undated
Telephone splicers. Date and location unknown.
December 3, 2010 December 3, 2010
Undated Unknown Telephone Linemen Posing: Undated
Telephone linemen pose on a crossarms. Location and date unknown.
December 2, 2010 December 3, 2010
1862 Culpeper, VA Culpeper: 1862
August 1862. "Culpeper Court House, Virginia. Railroad depot." Photographs from the main Eastern theater of war, Bull Run, second Battle of Bull Run. Wet plate negative, half of stereo pair, by Timothy O'Sullivan.
September 25, 2008 November 26, 2010
1864 Chattanooga, TN Chattanooga Depot: 1864
1864. Chattanooga, Tennessee. "Boxcars and depot with Federal cavalry guard beyond. From photographs of the War in the West. Battle of Chattanooga, September-November 1863. Photograph probably taken the following year, when Chattanooga was the base for Sherman's Atlanta campaign." Wet plate glass negative, half of stereo pair, photographer unknown.
October 16, 2008 November 26, 2010
1864 Nashville, TN Nashville: 1864
1864. "Nashville, Tennessee. Rail yard and depot with locomotives." Wet-plate glass negative by George N. Barnard.
July 23, 2009 November 26, 2010
1864 Petersburg, VA Telegraph Corps: 1864
1864. Petersburg, Virginia. "Maj. Thomas T. Eckert (seated, left) and others of U.S. Military Telegraph Corps." Wet plate glass negative.
April 7, 2010 November 26, 2010
1865 Washington, DC Paint Your Wagon: 1865
April 1865. "District of Columbia. Government repair shops. Paint Shop." Another motley crew from the Civil War era. Wet plate glass negative.
July 18, 2010 November 26, 2010
1865 Richmond, VA The Horrors of Pandemonium: 1865
Richmond, Virginia, in April 1865 showing the burned district along the James River. From photographs of the main Eastern theater of war and fallen Richmond compiled by Hirst Milhollen and Donald Mugridge.
January 19, 2008 November 26, 2010
1865 Charleston, SC Vulcan Iron Works: 1865
1865. Charleston, South Carolina. Archibald McLeish's Vulcan Iron Works on Cumberland Street. Left half of glass-plate stereograph, from photographs of the Federal Navy and seaborne expeditions against the Atlantic Coast of the Confederacy, 1863-1865.
February 3, 2008 November 26, 2010
1865 City Point, VA Ways of Going: 1865
Circa 1865. "City Point, Virginia. Railroad yard and transports." Wet plate glass negative, half of stereograph pair. Studio of Mathew Brady.
May 31, 2009 November 26, 2010
1865 Yorktown, VA Yorktown: 1865
Yorktown, Virginia (vicinity), circa 1865. "Federal troops at Confederate winter quarters near Yorktown."
November 14, 2009 November 26, 2010
1890 Boston, MA Boston: 1890s
1890s. "Old State House, Boston." Detroit Publishing Co.
October 13, 2009 November 26, 2010
1894 St. Augustine, FL St. George Street: 1894
Florida circa 1894. "St. George Street, St. Augustine." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
September 2, 2009 November 26, 2010
1895 New York, NY Fresh-Cut Firs: 1895
New York circa 1895. "Cut Christmas trees at market in front of Barclay Street Station." May all your Christmases be bright and all your ceilings be tall. 6˝ x 8˝ inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 17, 2010 November 26, 2010
1897 New York, NY Columbia U: 1897
"Columbia College, New York." The Low Memorial Library in a circa 1897 shot of Columbia University's Morningside Heights campus. Note the steamroller (or whatever that is) to the right. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
January 9, 2009 November 26, 2010
1897 Unknown Motley Crew: 1897
"Hogan's Alley." Below decks aboard the U.S.S. Brooklyn circa 1897. Glass negative by Edward H. Hart, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 21, 2010 November 26, 2010
1899 Toledo, OH Toledo: 1899
Circa 1899. "Toledo, Ohio. Produce Exchange." Playing next door: The Mutoscope blockbuster "Animal Photographs."
September 26, 2009 November 26, 2010
1900 New Orleans, LA A Streetcar Named Clio: 1900
"Royal Street, New Orleans, circa 1900." The sign on the car reads CLIO ST. Who can tell us more? Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
December 30, 2008 November 26, 2010
1900 New Orleans, LA Esplanade Avenue: 1900
"Esplanade Street, New Orleans, 1900." And running along the grassy median, streetcar tracks. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
September 22, 2009 November 26, 2010
1900 Victor, CO Gold Coin Mine: 1900
Circa 1900. "Victor, Colorado. Gold Coin Mine." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 17, 2010 November 26, 2010
1900 Ithaca, NY Green Street: 1900
Ithaca, New York, circa 1900. "Greene Street." Hey, mister -- you missed a spot. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 21, 2010 November 26, 2010
1900 New Orleans, LA Mardi Gras: 1900
"Mardi Gras, New Orleans, the Red Pageant," circa 1900-1910. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative, Library of Congress.
September 23, 2008 November 26, 2010
1900 St. Louis, MO St. Louis: 1900
St. Louis, Missouri, circa 1900. "Olive Street west from Sixth." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 13, 2010 November 26, 2010
1900 New York, NY The Bowery: 1900
New York circa 1900. "The Bowery near Grand Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
January 5, 2010 November 26, 2010
1900 Manunka Chunk, NJ West Chunk: 1900
New Jersey circa 1900. "West end of tunnel, Manunka Chunk." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 10, 2010 November 26, 2010
1901 Mobile, AL Battle House: 1901
Mobile, Alabama, circa 1901. "Battle House." Whose name has lengthened over the years to "Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel and Spa by Marriott." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 15, 2010 November 26, 2010
1901 Chelsea, MI Factoryville: 1901
Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company, general view." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 21, 2010 November 26, 2010
1901 Buffalo, NY Hydra: 1901
Buffalo, New York, circa 1901. "Unloading ore from whaleback carrier." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 6, 2010 November 26, 2010
1901 Chelsea, MI The Stovemakers: 1901
Chelsea, Michigan, circa 1901. "Glazier Stove Company -- lamp stove department." Our second glimpse today into the Dickensian workings of Glazier Stove. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
October 28, 2010 November 26, 2010
1902 New York, NY Flatiron Rising: 1902
"Flatiron Building, New York." The Manhattan landmark under construction circa 1902. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
December 30, 2009 November 26, 2010
1903 El Paso, TX El Paso: 1903
"El Paso, Texas. 1903." Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative.
January 3, 2009 November 26, 2010
1903 Knoxville, TN Gay Street: 1903
Knoxville, Tennessee, circa 1903. "Gay Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 24, 2010 November 26, 2010
1903 New Orleans, LA Levee Work: 1903
New Orleans, Louisiana, circa 1903. "Mule teams on the levee." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 8, 2010 November 26, 2010
1903 Baltimore, MD Lexington Market: 1903
Circa 1903. "Lexington Market, Baltimore, Maryland." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 6, 2009 November 26, 2010
1903 Coney Island, NY Surf Avenue: 1903
New York circa 1903. "Surf Avenue, Coney Island." Plus: Delicious Ice Cream and Pop Corn. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
April 16, 2010 November 26, 2010
1904 Buffalo, NY Buffalo Rising: 1904
Buffalo, New York, circa 1904. "St. Paul's Cathedral, Episcopal." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 24, 2010 November 26, 2010
1904 Old Orchard, ME Hotel Velvet: 1904
Old Orchard, Maine, circa 1904. "Alberta and Velvet hotels." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 16, 2010 November 26, 2010
1904 New York, NY New York Underground: 1904
New York circa 1904. "14th Street subway station, construction." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 23, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Philadelphia, PA 36th Street Station: 1905
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, circa 1908. "The Elevated station at 36th Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 17, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantic Avenue: 1905
Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1905. "Atlantic Avenue." Meet you in front of Two Stumps in an hour. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative.
May 6, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Atlantic City, NJ Atlantis: 1905
Glimpses of a lost world circa 1905. "Young's Million Dollar Pier, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 24, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Detroit, MI Brew House: 1905
Detroit circa 1905. "Goebel Brewing Co. brew house." Detroit Publishing glass negative.
October 20, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Cincinnati, OH Central Union Station: 1905
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1905. "Central Union Station." You there in the window -- get to work! 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
October 13, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Detroit, MI City Gas: 1905
Circa 1905. "Gas holder, Detroit City Gas Company." A familiar sight from the era of "city gas," when municipalities had their own gas plants in the days before long-distance transmission of natural gas. The telescoping sections rose or fell as "illuminating gas," which was made by heating coal, was put into or removed from the holder. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
July 2, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Duluth, MN Devine's Place: 1905
Circa 1905. Our latest installment from the Duluth, Minnesota, panoramic series. Anyone for a round of Blatz? Detroit Publishing glass negative.
October 5, 2009 November 26, 2010
1905 Cincinnati, OH Elm Street: 1905
The Queen City circa 1905. "Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 10, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Philadelphia, PA Ferry Terminal: 1905
Philadelphia circa 1905. "Pennsylvania Railroad ferry terminal, Market Street." There's a lot going on in this bustling street scene. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 14, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Marquette, MI Front Street: 1905
Marquette, Michigan, circa 1905. "Front Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 7, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Houghton, MI King Copper: 1905
Houghton, Michigan, circa 1905. "Loading copper on steamer Juniata." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 13, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Philadelphia, PA Riding High: 1905
Philadelphia circa 1905. "The elevated railway at Delaware & South Streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 16, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Savannah, GA Savannah Electric: 1905
Savannah, Georgia, circa 1905. "Broughton Street, looking east." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 15, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Savannah, GA Savannah: 1905
Savannah, Georgia, circa 1905. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
October 4, 2009 November 26, 2010
1905 Binghamton, NY Security Mutual Life: 1905
Binghamton, New York, circa 1905. "Security Mutual Life Insurance building." Rising amid a web of wires. Detroit Publishing glass negative.
December 30, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Atlantic City, NJ The Boardwalk: 1905
New Jersey, April 1905. "The Boardwalk parade, Atlantic City." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 7, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Philadelphia, PA Turnaround Time: 1905
Philadelphia circa 1905. "Pennsylvania Railroad ferry terminal, Market Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
July 23, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Cincinnati, OH Up the Incline: 1905
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1905. "Up the hill by trolley." On one of the city's famous incline railways. Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
May 26, 2010 November 26, 2010
1905 Wilmerding, PA Westinghouse Air-Brake: 1905
Wilmerding, Pennsylvania, circa 1905. "Machine shop, Westinghouse Air-Brake Co." Company namesake George Westinghouse invented the railway air brake in 1869 and was a rival of Thomas Edison in the early electrical industry. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
June 16, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Birmingham, AL Birmingham P.O.: 1906
Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1906. "Birmingham Post Office." Right next to The Cable Company. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
September 30, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Montgomery, AL Montgomery: 1906
Montgomery, Alabama, circa 1906. "Dexter Avenue and the Capitol." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 27, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Birmingham, AL Municipal Castle: 1906
Birmingham, Alabama, circa 1906. "Jefferson County Court House." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 9, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Newburgh, NY Newburgh P.O.: 1906
Newburgh, New York, circa 1906. "Post Office and Second Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 30, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Newburgh, NY Newburgh: 1906
Newburgh, New York, circa 1906. "Water Street." Get your cloaks and mattings to-day! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
May 12, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Newport, RI Newport: 1906
Newport, Rhode Island, circa 1906. "Bellevue Avenue." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
April 11, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Poughkeepsie, NY Poughkeepsie Panorama: 1906
Circa 1906. "Main Street. Poughkeepsie, New York." Behold the Queen City of the Hudson. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 17, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Cincinnati, OH Rookwood Pottery: 1906
Cincinnati circa 1906. "Rookwood Pottery," noted maker of artsy mass-market ceramics. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 10, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Cincinnati, OH The Underwear Railroad: 1906
Cincinnati, Ohio, circa 1906. "Mount Adams incline." A closeup of one of Cincy's famous incline railway lines, and of a lesser-known clothesline. Also: Moxie! 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
February 24, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Kansas City, MO Walnut Street: 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Walnut Street." Home of the $2 hat. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
May 8, 2010 November 26, 2010
1906 Kansas City, MO What This Country Needs: 1906
Kansas City, Missouri, circa 1906. "Junction of Main and Delaware Streets." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
March 2, 2010 November 26, 2010
1907 Duluth, MN Incline Saloon: 1907
Duluth, Minnesota, circa 1907. "Up the incline railway from Superior Street." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 2, 2010 November 26, 2010
1907 Plattsburgh, NY Next Stop, Willoughby: 1907
Plattsburgh, New York, circa 1907. "Brinkerhoff Street, west from Park." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 28, 2010 November 26, 2010
1908 Detroit, MI Cadillac: 1908
Detroit circa 1908. "Cadillac Motor Car Company." Cradle of the tailfin. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
September 16, 2010 November 26, 2010
1908 Wheeling, WV Central Glass: 1908
October 1908. "Central Glass Company. Wheeling, West Virginia. Dozens of small boys here." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
August 25, 2008 November 26, 2010
1908 Brown, WV Drivers and Trapper: 1908
September 1908. Young mule drivers and trapper boy at the Brown Mine near Brown, West Virginia. Underground from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
July 26, 2007 November 26, 2010
1908 Miami, FL Miami, Florida: 1908
12th Street, looking east, Miami, Florida. Detroit Publishing Co.
October 25, 2010 November 26, 2010
1908 Lansing, MI Olds Motor Works: 1908
Lansing, Michigan, circa 1908. "Olds Motor Works." Home of your great-grandfather's Oldsmobile. Note the OLD MOTOR sign, missing its S. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co.
July 13, 2010 November 26, 2010
1908 Grafton, WV Scared of School: 1908
September 1908. Grafton, West Virginia. Tipple Boy and Drivers. Maryland Coal Co. mine near Sand Lick. Boy with mule was afraid at first to be in the picture; another boy said he feared we might make him go to school. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
September 25, 2008 November 26, 2010
1908 Niagara Falls, NY Talking Pictures: 1908
Niagara Falls, New York, circa 1908. "Falls Street at Night." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
October 25, 2010 November 26, 2010
1909 Bridgeton, NJ Cumberland Glass Works: 1909
November 1909. Blowing bottles. Night shift at the Cumberland Glass Works in Bridgeton, New Jersey. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
October 19, 2007 November 26, 2010
1909 Tye River, VA Digging Out the Engineer: 1909
March 3, 1909. Southern Railway wreck at Tye River, Virginia. A tampered switch derailed Southern No. 35, a mail train. Engineer H.C. Linn was slightly injured. George Grantham Bain Collection.
May 29, 2007 November 26, 2010
1909 Jersey City, NJ Train Wreck: 1909
Wrecked Pennsylvania R.R. car on tracks south of Brunswick Street. Jersey City, N.J. November 6, 1909. George Grantham Bain Collection.
April 17, 2007 November 26, 2010
1910 Coal Creek, TN Coal Creek: 1910
December 1910. Coal Creek, Tennessee. "Hard work and dangerous for such a young boy. James O'Dell, a greaser and coupler on the tipple of the Cross Mountain Mine, Knoxville Iron Co., in the vicinity of Coal Creek. James has been there four months. Helps push these heavily loaded cars. Appears to be about 12 or 13 years old." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
August 13, 2008 November 26, 2010
1910 Chicago, IL Dearborn Street Station: 1910
Chicago circa 1910. "Dearborn Street Station." Streetcar wires and a small ghost pedestrian not entirely banished by the retoucher's hand.
November 3, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Detroit, MI Electro-Motive: 1910
Circa 1910. "Electric engine, Detroit River tunnel." With a plug for Royal Salad Dressing. Dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 2, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 New Orleans, LA French Market: 1910
Circa 1910. "French Market, New Orleans." Our second look at the market at N. Peters and Decatur streets. Detroit Publishing Co. glass negative.
July 10, 2009 November 26, 2010
1910 Columbus, OH High Street: 1910
Columbus, Ohio, circa 1910. "High Street, south from State." Where strollers have, among many available choices, a 3-cent lunchroom, the Imperial Tonsorial Parlor and Baths, "base ball scores received by innings" and swastika sporting goods. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
August 4, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Jacksonville, FL Jacksonville: 1910
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. "Main Street north from Bay." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 17, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Gloucester, MA Main Street: 1910
August 1910. "Main Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts." The sidewalks and signage of a century ago. Detroit Publishing Company.
November 6, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Savannah, GA Seaboard Air Line: 1910
Savannah, Georgia, circa 1910. "Seaboard Air Line Railway docks." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
December 28, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Detroit, MI Sinking the Tunnel: 1910
The Detroit River circa 1910. "Sinking cast section of Michigan Central Railroad Company tunnel." Detroit Publishing Company glass negative.
August 4, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Duluth, MN Smoke on the Water: 1910
Duluth, Minnesota, circa 1905-1910. "Duluth from the Incline Railway." Another of the eerily depopulated hive-of-industry scenes that seemed to be a specialty of Detroit the Publishing Co. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative.
October 15, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Wildwood, NJ Wildwood Casino: 1910
The Jersey Shore circa 1910. "Casino and pier, Wildwood." A popular amenity: "Bathing robes to hire." Detroit Publishing glass negative.
August 23, 2010 November 26, 2010
1910 Alton, IL Working Boys: 1910
May 17, 1910. Alton, Illinois, "Noon hour. These boys are all working in the Illinois Glass Company. Smallest boy, Frank Dwyer, 1009˝ E. Sixth Street, says he has been working here three months. Joe Dwyer (brother) has been working here over two years. Henry Maul, 513 Central Avenue. Frank Schenk, lives with uncle, 611 Central Avenue. Emil Ohley, 1012 E. Sixth Street. William Jarett, 825 E. Fifth Street. Fred Metz, 707 Bloomfield Street. In addition to their telling me they worked, I saw them beginning work just before 1 p.m. Photo at 12:30." Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
September 7, 2009 November 26, 2010
1911 Alexandria, VA Carrying-In Boy: 1911
June 1911."Carrying-in" boy in Alexandria Glass Factory, Alexandria, Virginia. Works on day shift one week and night shift next week. Photograph and caption by Lewis Wickes Hine.
October 19, 2008 November 26, 2010
1911 Atlantic City, NJ The Wild, Wild East: 1911
Atlantic City, New Jersey, circa 1911. "Savoy Theatre, Schlitz & Young's hotels." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 4, 2010 November 26, 2010
1912 Unknown Inbox: 1912
"Post Office Dept. Hupp Auto Railway Service." The download part of the Hupp mail-transfer system. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
October 20, 2008 November 26, 2010
1912 Detroit, MI What Goes Around: 1912
The year is 1912 and the place is Detroit. This as the beginnings of a gas holder, or gasometer -- a storage reservoir for what used to be called "city gas," or coal gas (as opposed to the natural and LP gas that we use now). The original caption: "April 4, 1912. Foundation for gas holder, Detroit City Gas Company."
November 24, 2010 November 26, 2010
1913 Mount Lowe, CA Streetcar to the Sky: 1913
Mount Lowe, California, circa 1913. "Electric car at Ye Alpine Tavern, Mount Lowe Railway." This Swiss-style chalet in the San Gabriel Mountains was the upper terminus (elev. 5,000 feet) of an 1890s scenic and incline railway that started in Altadena, with streetcar connections all the way to the main terminal at the Pacific Electric Building in Los Angeles. The railway and associated resorts, including the 70-room Echo Mountain House, were gradually obliterated by fire and flood until, by 1940, nothing was left. Detroit Publishing Co.
November 21, 2010 November 26, 2010
1913 Waco, TX Waco Red Light: 1913
A long shot of 12-year-old Isaac Boyett in the Red Light District of Waco. Scanned from glass-plate negative. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
August 17, 2007 November 26, 2010
1913 Mount Lowe, CA Ye Alpine Tavern: 1913
Mount Lowe, California, circa 1913. "Ye Alpine Tavern on Mount Lowe Railway line." Our second look at this mile-high Swiss-style chalet that was the end of the line for passengers of the Mount Lowe scenic railway. Excursionists got a spectacular ride for their fare (which in the railway's opening year of 1893 was a hefty $5). 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
November 22, 2010 November 26, 2010
1914 Washington, DC Back Alley: 1914
District of Columbia, 1914. "Alley clearance. Slum views." A scene that I don't imagine would have changed much since the 19th century except for the utility pole. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
October 20, 2008 November 26, 2010
1916 Fall River, MA Pick-up' in the Park: 1916
June 1916. A Sunday afternoon "pick-up" at Sandy Beach. Girls about 15. Fall River, Massachusetts. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.
July 27, 2007 November 26, 2010
1919 Washington, DC Dial D for Danger: 1919
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. equipment." Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
March 28, 2010 November 26, 2010
1919 Washington, DC Hooked Up: 1919
Washington, D.C., circa 1919. "Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. equipment." More communications gear at what seems to be the Capitol. The box on the left bears the nameplates of Leeds & Northrup, Philadelphia, and Western Electric. Harris & Ewing Collection glass negative.
March 29, 2010 November 26, 2010
1920 Arlington, VA Arlington Brewing: 1920
Arlington Brewing Co. circa 1920. An 8x10 glass negative that would leave your fancy-schmancy digtal SLR crying for its mommy.
July 14, 2008 November 26, 2010
1920 Baltimore, MD Dead Man's Curve: 1920
1920. "Dead Man's Curve. Baltimore tour." National Photo Company Collection glass negative. Note the tiny DANGER sign in the middle.
May 4, 2008 November 26, 2010
1920 Unknown Free Air: 1920
"North Capitol Tire Shop, 1919 or 1920." Approaching the camera: A two-horsepower biofuel vehicle. National Photo Company.
July 25, 2008 November 26, 2010
1920 Unknown Wireless Telegraph: 1920
"Amateur Wireless Station" with headset circa 1920. Note photo of the young operator. 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection.
July 10, 2007 November 26, 2010
1922 Washington, DC Derailed: 1922
Washington area, 1922. "Railroad wreck." National Photo Company Collection. The tilted camera gives a nice arrangement of diagonals.
February 26, 2008 November 26, 2010
1924 Unknown Two Trains: 1924
"Train of 1862 & 1924 Limited - Great Northern." 5x7 glass negative. George Grantham Bain Collection.
May 14, 2007 November 26, 2010
1925 Washington, DC Minute Service No. 6: 1925
1925. "Texas Co., Third Street & Florida Avenue N.E." One in a series of photos, evidently commissioned by Texaco, of service stations in and around Washington, D.C. Here we have the added attraction of a speeding train.
November 19, 2010 November 26, 2010
1926 Silver Spring, MD Mass Transit: 1926
Silver Spring, Maryland, circa 1926. "North Washington Realty Company." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
December 5, 2009 November 26, 2010
1927 Silver Spring, MD Chicken Dinner Here: 1927
Silver Spring, Maryland, circa 1927. One of three National Photo glass negatives with the caption "Jordan & Co." National Photo Company.
December 4, 2009 November 26, 2010
1928 Washington, DC The Polesters: 1928
Washington, D.C., circa 1928. "Chesapeake & Potomac telephone school, Georgia Avenue." National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
June 14, 2010 November 26, 2010
1929 Washington, DC Throwing the Switch: 1929
February 27, 1929. Washington, D.C. "Testing installation for radio broadcast of the Inauguration." On the eve of the Great Depression, a sound check for the presidency of Herbert Hoover. National Photo Co.
January 20, 2009 November 26, 2010
1935 Kimball, WV Kimball: 1935
October 1935. The coal mining center of Kimball, West Virginia. 35mm nitrate negative by Ben Shahn for the Farm Security Administration.
January 6, 2008 November 26, 2010
1935 Selma, AL Sweet Home Alabama: 1935
December 1935. "Sidewalk scene in Selma, Alabama." Large-format nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Resettlement Administration.
March 22, 2009 November 26, 2010
1936 Vicksburg, MS New Deal: 1936
March 1936. Vicksburg, Mississippi. "Vicksburg Negroes and shop front." A close-up of the New Deal barbershop seen in the previous post. Nitrate negative by Walker Evans for the Resettlement Administration.
March 23, 2009 November 26, 2010
1937 Savannah, GA Dark Passage: 1937
Chatham County, Georgia, circa 1937. "Stoddard's Lower Range from Factory [Factors] Walk, River Street, Savannah." Passage through the cotton warehouses built by John Stoddard on the bluffs above the Savannah River in the late 1850s. 8x10 inch safety negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
July 11, 2010 November 26, 2010
1937 ND Last Chance Texaco: 1937
October 1937. "Abandoned garage on Highway No. 2. Western North Dakota." Medium format safety negative by Russell Lee for the FSA.
March 1, 2010 November 26, 2010
1938 Greenhills, OH Greenhills: 1938
October 1938. Fire station at Greenhills, Ohio, a planned community built by the federal government (Suburban Division of the Resettlement Administration) during the Depression. The image, scanned from a print, is a composite, with the utility pole and fire alarm superimposed; the asphalt was retouched with an airbrush. The fire station photo is by John Vachon.
January 3, 2008 November 26, 2010
1938 Blankenship, IN Nehi Guy: 1938
May 1938. Blankenship, Indiana. "Resting in front of general store." 35mm negative by Arthur Rothstein, Farm Security Administration.
September 2, 2010 November 26, 2010
1939 San Augustine, TX Cafe Texan: 1939
April 1939. Street scene in San Augustine, Texas. 35mm nitrate negative by Russell Lee for the Farm Security Administration.
December 2, 2007 November 26, 2010
1939 Savannah, GA Pause ... Drink: 1939
Chatham County, Georgia, circa 1939. "Fahm Street, west side, Savannah. Row houses built about 1850. Torn down 1940 for Yamacraw Village housing." 8x10 inch acetate negative by Frances Benjamin Johnston.
August 26, 2010 November 26, 2010
1939 Gordonton, NC Pop Kola: 1939
July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.
September 30, 2010 November 26, 2010
1939 Gordonton, NC Set a Spell: 1939
July 1939. Gordonton, N.C. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.
January 17, 2008 November 26, 2010
1941 Brockton, MA 125 Pleasant Street: 1941
Street corner, Brockton, Massachusetts. January 1941. Two blurry figures pass by a fire hydrant in this time exposure by Jack Delano. View full size. Using the 125 above the door and the street sign as clues, we were able to find this building in Google Maps: 125 Pleasant Street at North Warren Avenue. It's the building to the right with the white roof, and seems to be more or less unchanged. Some of the apartments above the store are on the market as condos. The building the photographer used as his vantage point has disappeared, replaced by a parking lot.
March 9, 2007 November 26, 2010
1942 TN High Voltage: 1942
June 1942. Working on power transmission and utility lines near the TVA hydro- electric plant at Chickamauga Dam or Douglas Dam, Tennessee. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information.
May 20, 2007 November 26, 2010

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