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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Small Farmer: 1948

Small Farmer: 1948

"1948." Our young man explores his agricultural inclinations with a Farmall tractor. 35mm Kodachrome slide found on eBay. View full size.

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Family photos

From what I've seen so far, I suspect these aren't family photos at all, but a series of photos taken to display department store clothing or the work of a photographic studio.
Everyone (including the red toy tractor) are immaculately turned out. The prints are of professional if not amazing quality and the "family"poses just don't say "we're related" to me.

[Commercial photographs were taken on large-format film stock, not on 35mm slides. These are entirely consistent with the work of a talented amateur camera bug of the period. - tterrace]

Road Rash

Judging by the facial scrapes, it seems our young man is still honing his skills in the fine art of walking. And judging by the drool on his chin, he's also cutting some teeth.

SHORPY HISTORICAL PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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