I really enjoy looking at old photographs whether they are historical or not. The poses are usually staged and so perfect that they capture your imagination and take you right into the picture to further investigate. I even find myself looking for evidence of old signs, bottles, glass, advertising etc. in each picture. These photochrom images from the Detroit Photographic Company have been culled from a PowerPoint piece that Gary Beatty (North Port, Florida) sent me. Most negatives and prints are now housed at the United States Library of Congress.
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U.S. Mail Providence on river.
Dressed up with dogs, driver and car.
May 27, 1913. “Auto polo, Coney Island.” – George Grantham Bain Collection.
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.
Florida circa 1904. “Beach Street, Daytona.” There is an early Coca-Cola sign on Burdine’s Pharmacy. 8 x 10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.
New York circa 1905. “Main tower, Luna Park, Coney Island.”
East meets West – Connecting the Railroad across the U.S. – Promontory, Utah 1869
Syracuse, N.Y., circa 1905 – Empire State Express (New York Central Railroad) coming thru Washington Street” – Detroit Publishing Company
Washington, D.C. 1922. “J.C.L. Ritter – Polli Food Products truck.” – National Photo Company Collection glass negative
April 1864. “Brandy Station, Virginia. General Rufus Ingalls on horseback. Photograph from the main Eastern theater of war – winter quarters at Brandy Station. “Wet plate glass negative by Thomas H. O’Sullivan.
Narragansett Pier, Rhode Island, circa 1910. “Hotel (New) Mathewson.” For many years the pre-eminent lodging in the “City of Hotels.”
Photochrom Postcard of Mulberry Street in New York City, circa 1900, by the Detroit Photographic Co.
Unloading Bananas – New York, circa 1905
Morning rounds – Dairy delivery truck
Laurel, Maryland, July 31, 1922 “Two B&O freights wrecked in head-on crash at Laurel switch. – National Photo Company glass negative
Washington, D.C. circa 1919 – “Oppenheimer’s Dress Shop” Look at the Singer sewing machines.
April 1906. San Francisco after the earthquake and fire. “Sutter Street up from Grant Avenue.” 8 x 10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing
New York circa 1903. “Remember the poor: a Salvation Army Christmas box.”
Detroit Publishing Company Photo Train – Minnesota 1905
Vicksburg, Mississippi, circa 1910. – “Unloading cotton at the levee.” Sternwheel packet boat
Chicago circa 1900. “A walk in Lincoln Park”
March 1909. Bridgeport, Connecticut. – Boys selling papers at the depot. Smallest one has been selling for eight years. – Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine,
Washington, D.C. “The officer and his Henderson #1. National Photo Company Collection glass negative.
Jacksonville, Florida, circa 1910. “Forsyth Street west from City Hall.”
December 1910. ‘Shorpy Higginbotham, an oiler on the tipple at Bessie Mine” – near Birmingham in Jefferson County, Alabama. Photograph Lewis Wickes Hine.
Pictures Library of U.S. Congress. Assembled initially by Jack Cross