An Index to the Burgert Brothers Photography Collection
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System
There are three ways given below to view the 14,000 plus Burgert Brothers collection of Tampa photos. Below that are some comments about the collection.
The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System has done yeoman service in digitizing many of the photographs taken by Burgert Brothers from the 1890's into the 1960's in Tampa, Florida and the surrounding area. They make note of this collection a http://www.thpl.org/thpl/history/burgert/, give information about the collection, tell you how to search the collection and how to order prints.
Originally this was a Telnet link for those of us accessing the catalog via the Internet, and it gave you a glimpse of what the Internet was like before the World Wide Web (Of course, they now have a modern web based search). Since I love old photographs, I wanted a better way to browse an index of these files, where, with the click of my mouse, I could then view the photograph. I put my programming skills to work, and the Search with thumbnails at the first link above or links by date below that will demonstrate the results.
There are now 14,234 photos in the index as of May 21, 2009. There were 13,222 photos in the index as of January, 2005, 8,578 photos in the index as of July 1, 2002, and when I first compiled this listing in December, 1999, there were 4,458.
As in any large database, there are errors. As you browse the collection, you most probably will find a very small number of instances where a file is listed, but no picture is produced when you click on it. In another type of error the picture does not match the Title. Considering the size of the database, such problems are understandable.
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