Every Picture Tells a Story

Deep Zoom Chattanooga features high resolution historical photos from in and around Chattanooga, Tennessee. Each image is featured on a dedicated page including historical facts and notes. Explore each photo with interactive ease. Be sure to press the ZOOM button for the best full screen experience.

How can these 100+ year-old photos look so good?

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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