DEAN SOUDER January 7, 2016 @
Government produces nothing, it can only take!
Tina December 24, 2015 @
the Erie Canal In the Ohio Line was ran by my father father
R Cameron December 3, 2015 @
I noticed the pictures are numbered. I was looking for an index of sort in order to identify the picture but there was not any way to do that. They are beautiful photos! Thanks
jack gambardella January 16, 2015 @
great early photos….reminds me of my fathe’rs OLD PHOTO ALBUM.. the only clue is nyc BROOKLYN BRIDGE…THERE ARE A FEW THA\T APPEAR TO BE SOUTH ST. SHIPPING DOCKS…BUT, new york city indeed…
Chenying November 14, 2015 @
My impression is that UW cosnlstentiy has a higher dewpoint reading than the airport. As I type this, UW has 24.2 and the airport has 21.4. I haven’t watched this closely, but I feel like pretty much every time I’ve ever looked (which is very rarely lately, but fairly frequently when I lived in K-W for a few years, a number of years ago), it’s been that way.
Alice Dartt July 12, 2014 @
Love these pictures. Wish we had time travel. I would love to see these places
in person. Pictures of history, remarkable.
Loretta Lusano Berdon May 3, 2014 @
Would be nice to have the place and year these pictures were taken. Amazing photos though.
Rich January 20, 2014 @
Beautiful photos! However, for me they loose substantial impact because, for the most part, I haven’t a clue as to what I am looking at. A caption associated with each photo offering an approximate date and identifying the subject would be very helpful.
Bobby January 11, 2014 @
A little research using names of Theatres and other clues from the images and you can find a lot of the locations of the photos
Andrew Jackson Steen December 3, 2013 @
I started out in B&W photography 45 years ago and had my own darkroom for many years and therefore I can really attest to, and admire the excellent quality of these precious photographs of one of America’s greatest eras.
My father, Paul Napoleon Steen, emigrated from Texas, via Seattle and Alaska by steam freighter, to Canada’s arctic coast, right around that time, where he settled and raised all of us, 14 kids in a tiny, two room shack. These old B&W photos took me right back there.
Thanking you very much for this great ‘picture show’.
Tom Bright November 9, 2013 @
1890 total of all taxes, duties, fees and such on typical middle class worker = 5%
2013 total = 55% (No WONDER wives today must work. It’s just to pay taxes.)
Are we really eleven times safer in our homes now, compared with then? Just about the only real duty of government is protection from force and fraud. All the rest, the 90%, goes exactly where, now?
Is the prime directive even being carried out? For instance, do our high-tech cops relentlessly track down online swindlers and con men? Get serious.
Following historical note may offend Jew-hating Kool-Aid drinkers, but we need reasonably reliable ancient records for some perspective. Back when once-powerful Israel devolved into spending all their assets on beds of ivory, navel-gazing luxuries and large staffs of flunkies, they were threatened by slave-hungry looters in Assyria (Babylon, Chaldea, Nineveh and the rest of the rotating cast of warlords in the north.) The effete Judaean rulers stupidly hired Egypt, another exhausted power in the south, as their mercenary. We know how well THAT worked out. Are our fearless, wise leaders today any better?
Harm Buning November 9, 2013 @
Obviously, there has been a lot of social injustice of one sort or another, probably more around the time these pics were taken than now. But compared to most of the other places in the world, the U.S. was a place where poorer folks’ rights were looked after more than at any other time in history, and getting better (slowly, yes. I have read “The Jungle”, and “The Grapes of Wrath”).
sreenivasan October 29, 2013 @
America the fantastic photo.I very very like.
Paul Malboeuf August 9, 2013 @
Back in the Good Old Days – when there wasn’t welfare for the Lazy people! They had to work hard for what they had!
Jeni November 14, 2015 @
Properly, when a Commentary contributor exspsrees concern, as John has, some of us realistic individuals, aka pessimists, can say it’s about time. John affreux out a great offer, but I want to highlight just a person level. He believes it is unlikely which the Democratic turnout will equal 2008 and thus pollsters are weighing in way too numerous Democrats, thus inflating Obama’s numbers. It s a valid position and made by several. But, it’s quite doable that Democratic turnout will indeed be close to 2008why not? Critics of polls in 2008 considered it could not happen. It did and could achieve this yet again. Which is exactly why Democratic responses are so significant in these polls: extra Democrats exhibit up while in the random selections, so naturally, the poll will have higher Democratic numbers and properly so.
Judy Krach August 3, 2013 @
I agree with Helen Highwater’s comments. Life was simple and they worked hard. And they didn’t go into detail how hard the work was. We think we have it hard now.
Enjoyed the pictures but wonder just when and where they were taken. I think the stores with the Palm Trees inside were taken in FL. or CA. The Moss on the Trees I remember seeing pictures that were taken in FL. does the moss also grow in other Southern States?
Beautiful Pictures of the Days Gone By.
Hazel Andros August 3, 2013 @
This was an eye opener, I love to see how our country was made what it is today but all the folks who came before us. Let us not permit anyone to destroy America, The LAND THAT I LOVE. Hazel
Steve Ossias August 2, 2013 @
@Luther Davidson…you said “..and how we built it into the great Nation it was.” What happened to that Great nation? Where did it go? Where did it go wrong? And, why?
Helen Highwater July 7, 2013 @
While some might demean life in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, it did hold the promise of a wonderful future. People came by the millions to share the dream that was America.
Life was simple, fun was easy, and life for many was hard – but there was tomorrow. When tomorrow came, it was better for most. Interestingly, in my younger years, when “old folks” shared stories about those days, there weren’t many complaints. There were, however, a lot of fond memories – of times and things we would consider a hard life. Folks then certainly didn’t consider them hard. It was just life.
Ben November 14, 2015 @
Hi Mabel. Thanks for your question and sorry for the slow reply. Due to isseus outside our control, we haven’t had a May winner. The good news is we will be picking TWO WINNERS in June to make sure we catch up!! Keep snapping!!
arpie June 3, 2013 @
In the times depicted in these pictures there was widespread exploitation of laborers, including child laborers, there was a serious economic depression in the 1890’s, women didn’t have the right to vote, the first world war destroyed thousands of lives, telephones were in their infancy and those who had them had to deal with operators and party lines, there was no TV, no Internet, no air conditioning, few cars, bad or non-existent roads, most people had ice boxes that used block ice to keep food cool, women couldn’t swim at the beach because their modest clothes would have drowned them, the western regions of the country still had Indian wars, there was no Social Security, so old people who had worked hard all their lives often had to rely on charity or go hungry, there was no way to prevent many devastating illnesses, no antibiotics – I could go on and on. I can’t imagine anyone seriously wishing to turn back the clock! The pictures are interesting, but would be much more so with informative captions.
frank medley --- June 1, 2013 @
When the USA was AMERICAN.
CUNNINGHAM, BETTE May 8, 2013 @
ENJOYED THE PICS, WISH THEY HAD DATES AND PLACES, LOVE THE BATHING SUITS, WHAT A DIFFERENCE TODAY. ENJOY.
Steve April 26, 2013 @
Nice pictures, but I sure do wish they were identified. We can do a little sleuthin’ in a few cases and try to figure out where they were, but in most cases, not —
Pauline Hartman April 24, 2013 @
Loved the pictures. Amazing how clear they are after all these years. Woman with skirts tied down on the airplane. The single sailor. the beaches and people everywhere and all those working men. Could recognize some of the locations, but wish there was more description
Bill Nicolai March 24, 2013 @
These were terrific. Wish I knew when and where some of them were taken. Glad I got them when I had time to look at all of them. Bill Nicolai
Wes Olsen March 22, 2013 @
When I clicked on “Story#”, got the picture again, but no ‘story’, a true bummer…..;
Bill Frey March 16, 2013 @
“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times”.
Chip March 10, 2013 @
I agree with a previous comment. They are great photos, I also wish they were captioned.
The marine gysgt March 6, 2013 @
I cant remember that far back, but i do remember the early 50s you could still leave your door unlocked and keys in the car, and it would all be safe, and Ike was a president of stature, not what we have today, a real moron semper fi
Charlie Lucker February 26, 2013 @
Excellent photos! All of them. The photo(#22) of the VALLEY GREEN INN is about 2 miles from the house I grew up in. The photo looks like it could have been taken last summer! The place hasn’t changed a bit. Even the horse stalls are still there. I lived at the end of the bridle path off into the distance. “Forbidden Drive” is an idyllic pathway nestled next to Wissahickon Creek in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia PA. I loved it in the autumn. We used to ride our bikes down the path, feed the ducks, splash in the creek, fish for Brookies and Rainbows, and have lunch at the Inn. No cars are allowed on the path, and there is only one small road leading in from Chestnut Hill (to the right of the picture) Fairmount Park is the largest inner-city park in the world, and there are hundreds of hidden wonders. All within city limits.
Seth A Salsberg February 24, 2013 @
This collection of pictures takes us back to a time many of us had never experienced. It is interesting to “view the times” as they then were & glance at how changed our world has become. The advancements
that we are witness to, the technology, allows us to appreciate what we have. Thank you for sharing &
allowing us to view a bit of history.
Let us all remember that it is not for man to bless G-D: We acknowledge G-D certainly; but it is for G-D
to bless man.
Rebecca Lowery February 19, 2013 @
These are so beautiful … something to really ‘cherish’ … boy, things sure have changed … just check out the ‘swim suits’ … can you imagine going to the beach dressed like that?! I love to see old Navy pictures, my dad served in WWII, loved looking at the pics that he had and the Japanese dolls he brought home for me, before I was born, yea … he planned it all … God Bless!! and thank you.
Evelyn McGee February 19, 2013 @
This collection is priceless. We can romanticize about those times being so wonderful, but hey, they didn’t have air conditioners, dishwashers, washing machines, dryers, etc. etc. Perhaps they had a better president, which wouldn’t be hard to do!! But I enjoy my computer, my TV, my car, and a lot of things that those folks didn’t even hear of, much less enjoy. Guess we have to take the bad with the good. But old or new, I am an American and I love my country, still the greatest land on earth with all its faults. And God is still in Heaven.
George Magaro sr. February 18, 2013 @
WOW.. What GREAT pic’s. shows the true America and the hard times . to think of the people back then to make this country what it is now.. What Progress..
Michael Elley February 12, 2013 @
These pictures are spectacular!! Whoever did this…Thank you!!!! Michael
Thomas February 11, 2013 @
“. . . teachers posing as truth-tellers . . . ” give me a break. You don’t like the truth when it doesn’t match your fantasy.
Thomas February 11, 2013 @
OMG, Mr. Bright, quit insulting our intelligence with your comments. The raw sewage of millions upon millions of people were dumped into the rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans every day. Industrial pollution was even worse and any kind of safety measures in factories or on construction sites were non-existent or worse, intentionally negligent. Children as young as 6 years old worked 12 hour days in factories and mines. Women couldn’t even vote and it was perfectly legal to beat your wife (just don’t kill her). Certain nationalities like Irish or blacks weren’t even treated like human beings. Look into the sunken eyes of those kids selling newspapers – 6, 8, maybe 10 years old, wearing not much more than rags and dark bags under their eyes already. They didn’t sell papers for pocket change. They did it all day every day so they could maybe have something to eat if their impoverished parents didn’t take all of their pennies. Have you never heard of the Orphan Trains? Google that someday. No sir, this was a dirty, filthy, mean-spirited, selfish, and often cruel nation and every step toward equality, clean air and water, safe working conditions, and so on, were FORCED on us. God forbid anyone focus on our flaws, “real” or imagined, otherwise you might get uncomfortable. Don’t get me wrong. these are some very nice photographs of days gone by and if you were a young, priveledged white male, life could be comfortable. But don’t even try to make us believe that everything was rosey and pure because for MOST people, it wasn’t.
Tom Bright February 10, 2013 @
Back in the day America really was clean, mechanically competent, full of hope and energy. Maybe not perfectly, hermetically equal and kind, but clearly working well toward it. Yet our tinies’ teachers, and their teachers’ teachers, posing as truth-tellers by focusing only on real and imagined flaws, poisoned our national well of trust and admiration. Now the kids, as Bob Zimmerman correctly snarled forty years ago, “… got nothing to live up to.”
Sam Dee February 10, 2013 @
Should be required for high school history and civics courses..the subtleties of dress, living areas and transportation represented are a clear message of how far this nation and its people have come in such a short time. as compared to like countries across the globe..greatness is not easily achieved without the joint efforts of ALL, regardless of origin; look closely..we ARE a mixture of the world.
Gay Cheatham February 3, 2013 @
Awesome!! Wonderful photography and history. Thank you so much for sharing.
Thomas January 22, 2013 @
These are ripped from the Library of Congress. You can find them there and download high resolution copies if you know what to search for. For example, there are two photos of the Tashmoo docked in Detroit at the foot of Woodward avenue. Search on “Tashmoo Detroit” and you should get several returns, including the two found here. To narrow it down, several, if not all, are from the Detroit Publishing Co.
fe aguilar January 18, 2013 @
thank you so much for sharing this to the public,may i please have the previledge to know who has these pictures in original?it’s so wise to think of it having it shared,thanks a bunch
Rebecca Lowery January 18, 2013 @
Can you imagine going to the beach in the old style dresses and bathing suits?!?! Also, ‘if’ they can see us today, what would they say / think? The style of swim suits, the tattooes, the piercings? The hind ends hanging out ….
Valentina November 14, 2015 @
The specialist that I would love to have an opnurtopity to work with is a Neonatologist. I think that it would be a blessing and a miracle to be able to work with little ones that have to rely on you during their first few weeks of life. Some infants may require extra attention and treatment for various reasons. Being able to show empathy and give support to the families during the process is essential. My daughter was six weeks premature and required extra treatment, so I can understand the feeling that parents have when they can’t leave the hospital with their little miracle. Being able to now be the one to give that support to the families and making them feel as comfortable as they can be knowing that their child is receiving the best care possible is really important to me. New parents may feel overwhelmed and may not know how to do certain things, so being able to assist in showing them how to care for their little one would be an amazing experience.The specialists that I would least want to work with would be an Emergency physician and a Proctologist. Working with an emergency physician, you would never know what you can encounter any given day. I feel that I can handle a lot with respect to blood or anything that could make a person queasy, but I don’t know how I would react if a patient came in with a severed limb or just anything that is extreme and out of the ordinary. As with a Proctologist, I don’t have an interest working with a specialist that deals with disorders of the colon, rectum, and anus. With both of these specialties, it may be because neither are areas that I would explore. I’m sure with proper training you will be more knowledgeable and see the importance and necessity of having a specialist that can provide care for patients that depend on them to make them feel better.At the end of the day though, you have to love what you do no matter which area of interest you choose.
Palmer Short October 31, 2012 @
Great pictures but w/o dates and places , they are just pictures.
Markm September 4, 2012 @
A very good collection. Well done!
Charity August 19, 2012 @
what’s Christ got to do with it? I love the pics but really.
Cynthia Bankson August 19, 2012 @
True art; true history. I adore the detail of human life that has been captured in these pictures. These pics are truly timeless treasures.
iremon August 12, 2012 @
The point is that these stunningly beautiful photos were made with large format cameras, carefully set on tripods, purposely composed, and shot on single sheets of film. The original negatives were larger than the images on the screen, and could capture amazing detail. No quick photoshop tricks, but hours of work in the chemical darkroom to make prints that would last 100 years. Made by real photographers, not mindless hacks pointing their phones in the air.
This is ART.
Tom Anders August 5, 2012 @
What’s the point here? Some I recognize but have no descriptions or explanations so it would appear that these are just random old photos designed to make one feel fortunate that they didn’t have to endure what those folks went through.
Haroun Adam July 30, 2012 @
America started as a great country and it continued to be a great because simplicity is always powerful. God bless America
Roand Koelsch July 28, 2012 @
I was born in 1927. I remember clearly those early days when everything was clean and everybody was happy. Life was so simple and everybody loved their country. We were so lucky to grow up during the time of America’s growth. The photo’s send a chill down my back. Remarkable. God Bless America and it’s people.
asmerom July 22, 2012 @
nice historical pic of america ya america now becomes one of the top developed country . this why america have unity, peace hard work of the peaple of america letìs God blesss america
Love July 21, 2012 @
These are some good quality historical pictures of American. Is picture number six from the top down, a photo of the Twin Towers been built?
L D Hampton July 20, 2012 @
Great quality old photos that make you feel like you’re there. An excellent Photo history lesson.
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