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Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY TO THE CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

Ready on the Firing Line

Ready on the Firing Line

Found this picture at an antique store in Simi Valley California (a place where it rarely, if ever, snows). Was this documentation of a freak storm somewhere in Southern California, or was our lady with snowball in hand somewhere else? I will never know for sure, but the fact that the car door is open and the driver is waiting behind the wheel, suggests that they decided to photograph a once in a lifetime event before it melted. View full size.

December 1947

Checking weather records makes December 1947 a likely date this photo was taken. There was snow in the Los Angeles area on that date, and it is consistent with the dates of other labeled photos in this photo collection.

 
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