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.
When you come from a large family, you have in-laws at an early age. In the 1960s, my brother-in-law set up a photo developing lab in my parent’s basement laundry room. This is one of the finished images; the year was approximately 1967, so that makes me approximately 7. Photo appears to be crookedly cut with dull cuticle scissors and yes, it’s another image courtesy of the Box of Curly Photos from my parents.