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Photographic plates preceded photographic film as a capture medium in photography, and were still used in some communities up until the late 20th century. The light-sensitive emulsion of silver salts was coated on a glass plate, typically thinner than common window glass, instead of a clear plastic film.

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Granite Railway

Granite Railway

First railway in U.S. 1826. Print of lithographs of car Courtesy of Thomas Crane Public Library

Town hall
Quincy Railroad Station

Quincy Railroad Station

Henry Brown house, Chestnut Street Courtesy of Thomas Crane Public Library

The First Christmas Card (1846) copy

The First Christmas Card (1846) copy

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... more

Lincoln as a member of Congress in 1847

Lincoln as a member of Congress in 1847

Title from unverified data provided by the National Photo Company on the negative or negative sleeve. Gift; Herbert A. French; 1947. General information about the National Photo Company collection is available ... more

Flight of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 23, 1847

Flight of the Mexican Army at the Battle of Buena Vista, Feb. 23, 1847

Title and date from negative. Copy of print. Gift; Harris & Ewing, Inc. 1955. General information about the Harris & Ewing Collection is available at http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.hec Temp. note: Batch three.

Arco di Tito

Arco di Tito

Eugène Constant (French, active Italy, 1848–55)

La Rue Beaubourg - et la maison ou ont en lieu le 14 Avril 1834 - les massacres de la Rue Transnonain - Rue Beaubourg - depuis 1851 (IIIe.)

La Rue Beaubourg - et la maison ou ont en lieu le 14 Avril 1834 - les ...

Digital Accession Number: 1981:0951:0054.0001..Maker: Eugène Atget (French, 1857-1927)..Title: La Rue Beaubourg - et la maison ou ont en lieu le 14 Avril 1834 - les massacres de la Rue Transnonain - Rue Beaubou... more

High school building

High school building

High School Avenue Courtesy of Thomas Crane Public Library

Belle Boyd
Patton

Patton

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Chas. L. Elliott

Chas. L. Elliott

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Artist. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 19... more

Gen. C.P. Buckingham from Ohio

Gen. C.P. Buckingham from Ohio

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Abram Stevens Hewitt

Abram Stevens Hewitt

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. See Cong. Record p. 724. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and M... more

Hon.S.H. Boyd

Hon.S.H. Boyd

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. M.C. MO. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1... more

T. i.e. F. Dent

T. i.e. F. Dent

Photograph shows Frederick Fayette Dent (1787-1873), the father of Julia Dent Grant (wife of President Ulysses S. Grant). (Source: researcher M. Higgins, 2018) Title from information on negative sleeve. Credit ... more

Gen. Howe, U.S.A

Gen. Howe, U.S.A

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

John P. Usher

John P. Usher

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, on glass support: John P. Usher. John P. Usher: born 1816, died 1889; of Indiana; was first assistant Secretary of the Interior fr... more

A.V. Stoughton

A.V. Stoughton

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Hon. John Leake Newbold Stratton of N.J

Hon. John Leake Newbold Stratton of N.J

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Rev. R.R. Booth

Rev. R.R. Booth

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Teresa Cavens

Teresa Cavens

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Hon. Benj. G. Brown, MO

Hon. Benj. G. Brown, MO

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Hon. Benj. Grotz Brown; Sen. from MO.; B. 1826- Ky; D. 1885-Mo.; Graduate from Yale 1847; member State H of R- 52-58; Editor of Mo. Democrat 54-59; Commande... more

Bishop Doane

Bishop Doane

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Hon. Anthony Kennedy of Md

Hon. Anthony Kennedy of Md

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Stephen A. Douglas

Stephen A. Douglas

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Maj. Gen. T.C. Devin ?, U.S.A

Maj. Gen. T.C. Devin ?, U.S.A

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, in pencil: Sen. Daniel M. Frost W 5. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs D... more

Elijah Ward of N.Y

Elijah Ward of N.Y

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Hon. Jas. Wilson Grimes

Hon. Jas. Wilson Grimes

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. of Iowa. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1... more

Gen. James W. McMillan

Gen. James W. McMillan

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched into emulsion: McMullon. Col. 1st Artilery; index card made. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of ... more

Rev. E.S. McKolson

Rev. E.S. McKolson

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Looks like McKokou on sleeve, but orig. label inside sleeve says McKolson. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and P... more

Bayard Taylor

Bayard Taylor

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Rev. E. Bartlett

Rev. E. Bartlett

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Bishop Odenheimer

Bishop Odenheimer

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Fitz-Greene Halleck

Fitz-Greene Halleck

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Judge J. Catron

Judge J. Catron

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. U.S. Supreme Court. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H... more

Maj. Robert Anderson

Maj. Robert Anderson

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Hon. Arthur P. Hayne of S.C

Hon. Arthur P. Hayne of S.C

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched into emulsion: Arthur P. Hayne. Arthur Peronneau Hayne. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congr... more

Hon. Chas. Durkee of Wisc

Hon. Chas. Durkee of Wisc

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1954. Gene... more

Bishop Rev. (John) McGill

Bishop Rev. (John) McGill

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. [?] of his church destroyed during the Civil War; Care of wounded and established an infirmary in Richmond to their benefit; consecrated Bishop on Nov. 10, ... more

James R. Lowell

James R. Lowell

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, scratched into emulsion: Brady NY. Copy neg. Poet. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and... more

Ward H. Lamon of PA

Ward H. Lamon of PA

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Annotation from negative, in pencil: Ward Lamo__[?]. Marshall of Washington. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and... more

Emily Jordon

Emily Jordon

Title from unverified information on negative sleeve. Actress. Credit line: Brady-Handy photograph collection, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division. Purchase; Alice H. Cox and Mary H. Evans; 1... more

Miranda