Shorpy December 28, 2016

“Boy on bicycle ca. 1895-1916” is the improvised title of this 5×7 dry plate from the C.M. Bell portrait studio in Washington, D.C., whose legacy is a collection of some 30,000 glass negatives recently digitized and catalogued by the Library of Congress after spending the better part of a century in “a succession of basements and farm buildings.”


Chicago circa 1912. “The busy crowd on State Street.” 8×10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company.