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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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SS France Boat Deck: 1963

SS France Boat Deck: 1963

This is a shot on the boat deck of the SS France that my dad took prior to our departure from Pier 88 in New York. Some of the men are intrigue with the two ladies walking in their summer attire. I’m the little guy at the top of the stairs. Not sure what I’m doing with my hand around my eye, but I think I had a small toy telescope. Obviously it wasn’t pointed in the right direction. View full size.

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Strange device

I didn’t wear glasses back then. I started wearing those 44 years later. The photo is from a 35mm slide, so it is difficult to see some details. It could have been a toy gift given to children upon boarding the ship.

The boy atop the stairs

It looks to me like you're playing with some sort of toy. There's a stick in your right hand, and if you look in front of your shorts there's a white object that seems to be suspended from your left hand. If there's a string going from the stick to your left hand and then down to the suspended object, I'm guessing that it's some sort of toy. Picture's pretty fuzzy when blown up, but are you wearing glasses?

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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