A Source of Sharp Old Prints

Lincoln Park, Chicago in 1900.

Lincoln Park, Chicago in 1900.

Toronto. PHSC member and regular contributor to our web site, Sarah Shrigley, sent me an interesting email back in early July. Included in the email were many century old prints of American scenes, all quite sharp. While I cannot show her selection here, you can take a personal look on the archival site SHORPY. You will see some of the incredibly sharp images of a century ago.

The pictures Sarah included are prefaced with these words:, “Watch these magnificent pictures full screen. Extremely clear 100+ year old photos. Notice that everyone wore hats all the time and there were no cars. Exceptional photography! These photos of life in the US at the beginning of the 20th century are truly a walk back in time. The first photo below [east end of Bergen Tunnel NJ] looks the same today and many of you have entered it on the way to NY. The third photo shows how trolley cars were air conditioned in the summer [Labor Day Parade, Main St. Buffalo – all trolley car windows open… ] The clarity of these photos is truly phenomenal.”

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