Every Picture Tells a Story

This site features 100+ year-old, amazingly detailed photos, taken in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Prior to film, in the late 19th and early 20th century, photographers used glass plate negatives. They produced very good dynamic range and 'resolutions' in a single image not found in most consumer digital cameras today. Only over the past decade have current photo scanning techniques been able to recapture the finer details. The Library of Congress and other repositories have released many images in high resolution.

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