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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • VOLUNTEER FOR VICTORY

Garter of the Bride: 1954

Garter of the Bride: 1954

Mom on her wedding day, January 1954. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

A Hotpoint Christmas

A Hotpoint Christmas

An appliance store at night. Christmas 1931. View full size.

Redwood High: 1958

Redwood High: 1958

1958. My dog Missie catches the eye of a passing cheerleader at Redwood High School in Larkspur, California, the year it opened. Notable alumni in addition to your humble correspondent (Class of '64) include Robin Williams and San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

Gurley Boy: 1910

Gurley Boy: 1910

May 1910. St. Louis, Missouri. "Boy named Gurley. An eight year old newsie. 18th & Washington Streets." View full size. Photograph by Lewis Wickes Hine.

 

On the Brink: 1942

On the Brink: 1942

November 1942. "American Smelting and Refining. Garfield, Utah." 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Andreas Feininger for the OWI. View full size.

 

Roots: 1949

Roots: 1949

My brother and me, blissfully unaware of what our hair would be like 25 years later. On a 1949 visit to our grandparents in Calpella, Calif. On the right, there's the family Hudson when it was still new. From a 120 roll film negative shot by my sister. View full size.

The Coast Is Clear: 1974

The Coast Is Clear: 1974

The three boys at Lincoln State Park in Southern Indiana. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

 
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