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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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Bath Time: 1962

Bath Time: 1962

This June 1962 photograph was taken by my mother and shows me and my brother Iden in the kitchen of our home at 110 Dogwood Drive, Levittown Pennsylvania. It is an entirely posed picture of eight-year-old me replicating a 1955 photo where my father washed me in the same sink. My brother really was washed in the kitchen sink when he was a baby, just like I had been. But I did not do the washing. My parents did. I think it was me who wanted there to be matching pictures for me and my brother, and so suggested to my mother, when she was washing him, that she get the camera and we create the picture again. My father was probably at work, which is why I got to be the washer.

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