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100 year old photos of local landmarks found in U.S archives

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Nick - Web Team Nick - Web Team | 15:13 UK time, Monday, 27 July 2009

[General view, Llangollen, Wales] (LOC)

There's a collection of old images of Wales that give a glimpse as to what life was life in Llangollen, Denbigh and beyond 100 years ago - and, of all the places, the images turned up in the U.S, in the archives of the Library of Congress in Washington.

They've been made available to view online in a project to open up the library's archives . And this particular collection are from a series of 160 travel views of Wales taken in 1890-1900. The library has shared them via the photo sharing website,

Blogging about the images, Jennifer Gavin from library, says: "The set is full of castles and waterfalls, pastoral scenes, and gorgeous color views of the Welsh landscape from more than 100 years ago."

The images are photochrom prints[coloured images of black and white photographic negatives] and, from a local point of view, among them is an image of a fisherman carrying a coracle on his back on the banks of the Dee at Llangollen with Castell Dinas Brân in distance as well as views of Denbigh Castle [top] and many other Welsh landmarks.

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