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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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Mardi Gras: 1961

Mardi Gras: 1961

Mardi Gras Day Feb 14, 1961. The holidays are over, the nation settles into a deep freeze, except in New Orleans, where all attention turns to Mardi Gras. For all the people you see costumed on Mardi Gras, it begins at home. I am in the bear costume, at 3 years old. My older brothers are a cowboy, and a circus master riverboat gambler, and my sister is a bunny rabbit. After the family picture, we would head to the parades. It must not have been a very cold winter that season, as the exposed water pipe is not wrapped! If we had a forecast of a "hard" freeze (mid 20's or below), Dad would wrap it for the rest of the season. View full size.

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Riverboat Gambler

A minor correction. My oldest brother, back right, was actually dressed as a Riverboat Gambler. I would have bet he was a circus ring master!

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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