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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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Tweetsie Railroad: 1963

Tweetsie Railroad: 1963

This is a companion image to this one, taken in 1963 with a Kodak Junior Autographic camera at the Tweetsie Railroad theme park in Blowing Rock, NC. After doing some Googling I was actually able to learn the name of the man holding me; it was Fred Kirby, a local celebrity from Charlotte. There's also a Wikipedia article about him.

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I grew up watching Fred Kirby after church on Sundays with his Little Rascals show. We went to Tweetsie around 1969 and were elated to get a photo op with him. As he moved in closer to us, he stepped on my sister's big toe with the heel of his cowboy boots. She limped the rest of the day in the park as her toe turned black and blue. Good times!

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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