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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

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Happy Easter Son: 1952

Happy Easter Son: 1952

"Easter 1952" is the label on this 35mm Kodachrome slide from Michigan by way of eBay. Our young man, last seen the previous Christmas, seems to have gotten an Easter pail rather than the traditional basket. View full size.

Man's BFF

All they ask of you is food,water and a pat on the head whenever you can spare a moment. And they're always glad to see you when you walk through the front door. You can't always say that about the humans in your life.

Let's go through the list

High and tight kids haircut? Check. Bib overalls with t-shirt (short or long)? Check. Vinal seat cushions? Check. Threat of nuclear war and school duck-and-cover exercises? Check. Still better than some of today's issues? Check again. Still a good time to be a kid.

Ohio Artifact

The sand pail was made by Ohio Art, #5/102. It's little girls chasing ducks.

Research was done using eBay, where one is currently listed for an astronomical price.

The Wide-Eyed Dog

Is waiting for the other shoe to drop.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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