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    Historic photos in Falls going digital

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    From the Buffalo News:

    Many of the Niagara Falls Public Library’s historical pictures of the city are falling apart.

    That’s to be expected – some are 150 years old.

    The roughly 10,000 historic photographs in the archives of the Local History Department are being given new life thanks to a new digitization project at the library by City Historian Christopher R. Stoianoff.

    “There’s a need for it, that’s the biggest thing,” Stoianoff said when asked how the effort began.

    The photographs, contained in a half-dozen filing cabinets, are the most heavily used and handled items in the Local History Department.

    It’s a preservation issue, both for the quality of the pieces – some of which are crumbling – as well as to prevent more photographs from “disappearing” from the library.

    The goal is to have all the images accessible online through the library’s website.

    Parks to display first photo ever taken of Niagara Falls

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    They sat in a box across the ocean for 70 years before seeing the light of day again. Historic photos gone missing for generations.

    And when library staff at the University of Newcastle in Tyne, England found them in 1997 and dusted them off, they weren’t just looking at the first pictures ever taken of Niagara Falls – experts have confirmed they’re the first photos ever taken in Canada.

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