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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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American Tourister: 1952

American Tourister: 1952

An unlabeled slide from the Linda series of Kodachromes. It seems to be 1952, and there are evidently sights to be seen. Commence tourism! View full size.

All in the Family

Other than the height difference, these two look like sisters.

Road Trip

It's Thelma and Louise, actually. Embarking on their journey.

No Sea Shells By the Sea Shore

The shell back porch chair survives to this day, but until this photo, I had never seen a vine of hearts design on the back of one. It is rather art nouveau, though I am sure it was contemporary to the time of the photo.

Suddenly it's 1952

Beautiful Color! When a Photo is this good the years just melt away and it's like looking into a window directly into a still living past.

I'm no Photographer, but I'm going to guess the Camera that took this slide was a wee bit better quality than the Kodak hanging around the woman's neck.

Styling nail polish

The lady on the left's right's manicure: She did not paint the "half moon" on her thumbnail and I am sure the rest of the fingers were painted in the same manner. That fad started in the 1940s. One had to have a very good manicure with the cuticles all cut back.

Very lovely!

I remember being dressed up to travel when I was a kid (shorts with knee-highs and coat and tie) as a matter of respect to the people of the area we were visiting. Now you can pick out the tourists on a week day by their cargo shorts and tee shirts. Meh, I guess my curmudgeon training was successful.

Kodak Brownie Reflex

This model camera was first introduced in May 1940 and discontinued in May 1952.

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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