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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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Christmas Morn: 1949

Christmas Morn: 1949

Christmas morn 1949, Hamtramck, Michigan. Amazing what details I remember. My sister is 10 months old. I am checking out the plastic motor under the hood of the truck. When I came into the living room, my parents were already up and had the windup train running around the figure eight track. I stepped on the track and derailed the train. The kid-sized rocking chair in the center was covered in yellow vinyl. It suffered a sudden end a few years later when a table lamp fell on it melting a hole in the plastic. I still remember my Mom's panic and and seeing the excelsior stuffing where the plastic melted away. The picture was taken with my Father's trusty Argus C-3 which used large flash bulbs which had the same screw in base as a standard light bulb. View full size.

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