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Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:37 AM

Ever been to Shorpy.com? (dialup warning)

http://www.shorpy.com/

They have thousands of historic, high-res photos. For example:









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Reply Ever been to Shorpy.com? (dialup warning) (Original post)
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 OP
liberal N proud Aug 2012 #1
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #2
Philosoraptor Aug 2012 #3
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #4
2on2u Aug 2012 #5
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #7
bluemarkers Aug 2012 #6
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #9
bluemarkers Aug 2012 #22
baldguy Aug 2012 #8
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #10
lunatica Aug 2012 #11
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #16
steve2470 Aug 2012 #12
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #14
steve2470 Aug 2012 #17
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #18
steve2470 Aug 2012 #19
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #20
steve2470 Aug 2012 #21
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #23
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2012 #25
RebelOne Aug 2012 #27
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #30
AnotherDreamWeaver Aug 2012 #31
abolugi Aug 2012 #13
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #15
Chorophyll Aug 2012 #24
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #26
Brother Buzz Aug 2012 #28
Cooley Hurd Aug 2012 #29
xmas74 Aug 2012 #32
KG Aug 2012 #33
Snarkoleptic Aug 2012 #34

Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:47 AM

1. There goes the next 12 hours.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:48 AM

2. Yep... that was most of my night last night...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:53 AM

3. One of my faves!

Been going there for years now, I get a new cool wallpaper every day.

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Response to Philosoraptor (Reply #3)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:56 AM

4. I love the user-submitted Kodachromes from the 40's and 50's!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:56 AM

5. Wow, a wayback machine. Thanks for that, I found this one perty amazing.

 

Before we had radar....



And then there is this, this is when our infrastructure was sound and new... it's been awhile.

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Response to 2on2u (Reply #5)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:00 AM

7. The bottom pic could be from my youth...

We had an early 60's Chevy wagon. Wish I still had it...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 09:58 AM

6. love Shorpy

Great website, like it on facebook

you get small doses - won't take up hours! lol

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Response to bluemarkers (Reply #6)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:02 AM

9. It's never wasted time when looking at the past with such clarity...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #9)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 11:18 AM

22. didn't say it was a waste

as one who has spent hours looking through his files - some hours are more expendable than others!

One thing I love is being able to glimpse a world my grandparents knew, but more importantly, my parents. Both have passed away, so looking at the 20s and 30s is a way to reconnect for me.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:01 AM

8. It makes me sad to realize what my city has lost.



http://www.shorpy.com/node/12906

The church and the building behind it are still there. We now have a small park to the left of the church & I eat my lunch there every day. But the beautiful Richardsonian Romanesque Erie County Savings Bank building on the right was demolished in 1967 and replaced with an ugly & bland modernist high-rise and a shopping mall - and the mall is mostly empty.

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Response to baldguy (Reply #8)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:09 AM

10. one saving grace is they're trying to revitalize Buffalo Central Terminal...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:12 AM

11. It's a wonderful and fascinating web site!

Thanks!

I love the intertubes!!

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Response to lunatica (Reply #11)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:26 AM

16. Seeking out historic, high-res photos has become a hobby of mine, as-of-late...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:16 AM

12. your images are showing up as red X's in multiple browsers

Nevertheless, I will visit that site ! Thank you.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:22 AM

14. I have that problem but it's intermittent....

...if you right-click and choose "Show Picture" (in IE), the pics come up.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #14)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:27 AM

17. OK it must be me

I'm using IE10 in Windows 8 Release Preview (as well as Opera, Chrome and Firefox). It must be the OS that is the issue.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #17)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:31 AM

18. I think Win8 has a great deal of flaws...

...but this is probably a site issue more than anything.

OT - are you digging Win8? In a desktop environment, it's a drag, IMO...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #18)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:34 AM

19. It's basically Win7 with some tweaks like the "telemetry" for file transfers and....

the ribbon bar for Windows Explorer. I have no use for the Metro interface since I'm on a desktop.

It's ok overall. The next major upgrade OS will be Win9 imho. I do see why others don't like it.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #19)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:40 AM

20. Metro UI is my biggest complaint...

MS appears adamant about not providing a "classic mode" for desktop/Intel users. My company isn't even going to offer Win8 on desktops we sell to clients.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #20)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:43 AM

21. I've read M$ refuses to even offer an option for a Start button....

Talk about rigid ! Some of us will NEVER use Metro, so a Start button or a default boot to Desktop is really a sensible option.

I think Win9 will have those, but what do I know.

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #21)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 01:25 PM

23. That's what will doom this OS to 75% of their customers...

The tablet fanatics who believe that they can do ANYTHING on their iPad/Android are the last 25%.

For productivity purposes only, the tablet is just not up to the task. The kb/mouse will continue to rule for the foreseeable future...

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Response to steve2470 (Reply #12)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 01:29 PM

25. I have a Mac, and in Safari they are little blue squares with a question mark in them.

And my mouse doesn't have a 'right click' but I could go to the site...

I can see the picture posted of the guy listening with the big horns, and the station wagon.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #25)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 01:51 PM

27. Same here. I have a Mac with Safari.

So I am glad to know that is not only me.

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Response to AnotherDreamWeaver (Reply #25)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:27 PM

30. In Safari, do you have the capability to force the image to load?

I have an issue in IE as well, but I can right-click and force the image to load.

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Reply #30)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:51 PM

31. Not that I know of...

(I never felt good about using 'force' but if anyone knows how to get cooperation, let us know.)

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:22 AM

13. I've been a fan

of Shorpys for years... Love it
I just recently found this site http://fuckyeahvictorians.tumblr.com/ and spent 3 hours looking at all the awesomeness that is the Victorian Era there. A good time killer.

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Response to abolugi (Reply #13)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 10:24 AM

15. Great site as well - thanks for the heads up!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 01:27 PM

24. Yes! I've spent hours there.

Amazingly detailed old photographs. Not sure how I found it, but I'm glad I did.

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Response to Chorophyll (Reply #24)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 01:32 PM

26. I've been busy archiving as many as I can to my 2TB drive...

I'd hate to lose access to these treasures. Websites come and go, you know...

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:06 PM

28. Shorpy is grand. Northern Californians can also enjoy San Francisco Historical Photograph Collection

Lots of historic photos that includes the defunct News-Call Bulletin Photo Morgue.
http://sflib1.sfpl.org:82/

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Response to Brother Buzz (Reply #28)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:22 PM

29. I am so glad I started this thread!

Another GREAT link that will fill the weekend with imagery!!

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:58 PM

32. I like it

but this is the site I tend to stare at for hours, contemplating the stories behind the pictures.

http://www.thanatos.net/

(If post mortem/memento mori bothers you then this is not the site for you! Personally, I think the photos are hauntingly beautiful.)

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 02:58 PM

33. before Shorpy, the guy worked a site called 'Plan59.com'

it is mid 20th century commercial art. used to lose my self there also...

http://www.plan59.com/main.htm

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Response to Cooley Hurd (Original post)

Sat Aug 25, 2012, 08:38 PM

34. I luv Shorpy and found this one a while back.

Open the larger image and you'll see the Headquarters of the Democratic Party of Cook County! (ca. 1900)
http://www.shorpy.com/node/10839

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