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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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California Picnic II: 1959

California Picnic II: 1959

Hunts Peach Slices may not be as interesting as Schlitz beer, but in the previously related photo here - the next picnic table over, the question came up as to whether a six pack of Schlitz was enough for the family picnic. I believe this image answers that question and then some. As for that adorable tow-head on the bench - last seen at a family dinner table - he's my husband. In't he cute?? And his Momma (not the blond BTW) is smiling so sweetly at his Pop taking the picture. I just love this family. 35 mm Kodachrome. View full size.

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For the Love of Melmac

Aluminum gem-colored tumblers paired with melmac dishes. That was part of the fun of the picnic - getting out the "special" picnic dishes!! And, of course, you had to have the tablecloth and it was also a special one just for use outside. Mom hung on to them all these years and when I found the box tucked away in the garage this summer - it was as if it were 1965 again! This photo does the same thing. Thanks!

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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