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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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Claude Bell's Dinosaurs

Claude Bell's Dinosaurs

You can’t miss it. Driving from Los Angeles to Palm Springs right off the Cabazon exit of the I-10 is where you see the giant dinosaurs next to a big sign that says “EAT”. Sculptor and retired Knott's Berry Farm portrait artist Claude K. Bell was the owner of the Wheel Inn Cafe in the 1960s, and started the project to build Dinny and Rex, the dinosaurs, in 1964, as a way to draw attention to his eatery. I made this photo using a Nikon FM2 and Kodak Kodacolor II 35mm negative film and a Nikor 24mm fix focus lens. December 1984. View full size.

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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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