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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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C-130 at the South Pole: 1974

C-130 at the South Pole: 1974

December 1974. This LC-130R Hercules has just arrived at the geographic south pole, flying in from McMurdo Station. This is the same aircraft that appeared in part in this earlier post. Operated by the "Puckered Penguins" navy squadron VXE-6, this is one of several arctic-equipped Herkies employed largely for the benefit of the National Science Foundation until VXE-6 was disbanded in 1999. In later years, this particular airframe sported an image of Walter Lantz's "Chilly Willy" cartoon character on its nose. Image from a Kodachrome slide, Frank Burch collection. View full size.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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