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Shedding some light on an 1885 Passport.

Unlike their pocket-sized,  modern-day counterparts, US passports in the 1880’s were significantly larger. 

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This one from 1885 measures 12 x 18 inches, and that’s folded.

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Unfolded here,  the document hints at another surprise. You can see traces of an elaborate watermark in the paper.

The elaborate design is even more noticeable when illuminated from behind.  We placed this one on a large large light table and photographed it from above. 

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And, we were amazed at what it revealed. 

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Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Photographic Collection Now Online

Everybody loves railroad bridge photographs, right? It’s such an impressive feat of engineering!

The Louis Edward Nollau High Bridge Collection (dated 1910-1912, 1948-1950s; 1 cubic foot; 72 items; University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center) depicts the rebuilding of the High Bridge railroad bridge around 1910 to 1911. The bulk of the collection consists of images of the High Bridge Railroad Bridge. The other photographs are of various people and scenes around Lexington, Kentucky. The collection is comprised of silver prints that have been mounted on backing board.

You can now view this entire collection on KDL.

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