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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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Brothers: 1957

Brothers: 1957

Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, October 5, 1957. My brother and I take a lunch break after fishing since early morning. The Zenith Trans-Oceanic radio carries the Gopher-Purdue game (which the Gophers won). On the way back to Minneapolis late that afternoon, we learned that the Russians had launched Sputnik. This was also the week that Leave It To Beaver debuted on teleivison. View full size.

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I had one of those radios!

There is a picture of me listening to my uncle's radio like that taken in the early 1960s. I had headphones on. Years later he would give it to me, and it still worked up into the late 1970s.

Monumental week

It was also the week that I was born, having made my debut the previous Monday just in time for dinner. I remember my mom telling me how freaked they all were about the Sputnik launch.

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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