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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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Checkmate: 1950

Checkmate: 1950

Don Campbell and my father, Jack Shepard, went on a work-related trip to Sacramento in approximately 1950. They both worked as electrical engineers for the Light and Water Department in Riverside County. My father took this picture with his 35mm Exacta, which I still have. View full size.

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Capitol Park

This scene sure has the look of being at the Capitol Park in Sacramento.

More than a check

The jacket appears to be houndstooth, not a check. It's obviously tailored, and the three-button cut would still be stylish today; the exterior pockets would not.


Wonderful 35MM cameras; rugged and eccentric. But great as a learning SLR. And I still have mine as well and they still work quite well.

Sport coats

He and Paul Drake went to the same men's store.

Fashion sense

Love his suit and tie!!! So 1950s. Gotta love this baggy trousers!! Great photo.


Are starting to bloom right now in the South. Those blooms are huge but not rare.

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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