Photo Gallery



These were really professional photographers who took these pictures... Note how sharp and clear most of the photos are and these are over a 100 years old.

There aren't many old photos as good and remember they didn't have film or digital photo cards in those days. Most probable is that these were glass plate images and taken thru a pin hole type camera and the opening was timed just right to get a dark enough exposure. Developing was another tedious task which they had to be careful not to break the glass!

American cities a Century ago

Woodward Avenue , Detroit , Michigan , in 1917

Atlantic City , 1910

The main street of Memphis , north of Avenue Gayoso, 1910

Station Louisville-Nashville, Florida , in 1910

Forsyth Street , Jacksonville , Florida , in 1910 (Love those cars.)

The beach in Atlantic City , 1915  (Note the men in coats and ties.)

Grant Avenue after an earthquake in San Francisco in 1906 I didn't realize
 there was so much destruction in that earthquake.

Carts for transporting dairy Thompson , Washington , 1927
How in the world did the dairy get those horses so evenly lined up.

Washington , DC , 1914
Not so thoughty having those horses run on a railroad tracks
(thoughty? Must have been a popular word back in the day)

Cadillac Square , Detroit , Michigan , 1916

Ninth Street , Washington DC , 1915

I wouldn't want to walk across this street in a long dress

Corner of Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street , New York , 1910

Broad Street north of Spruce Street , Philadelphia , 1905

View of Manhattan Bridge from Brooklyn in 1909

Fire at 55th Street , New York , 1915

Fifth Avenue , New York , 1913.

Wabash Avenue , Chicago , 1907

The New York Public Library, New York , 1915.
Didn't realize they had 4-laners in those days.

Wall Street, New York , 1911.
The 2 sidewalks together are as wide as the street in this pic.

Fifth Avenue , New York , 1913.
Look at those top hats!

Manhattan , 1907

The northern part of Fifth Avenue , New York , 1913.
Must have been something big going on. Look at the crowds and traffic jams.

City Hall City Hall in New York

Dexter Avenue and the Capitol, Montgomery , Alabama , in 1906.
WoW! Really wide street. - 6-lane and it's practically empty.

Valnut Street , Cincinnati , Ohio , 1910
(that's Walnut Street )


Washington , DC , 1913.

Broadway and the building of The Times, New York , 1915.