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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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The Rainbow Room: 1952

The Rainbow Room: 1952

"Clara - March 16 1952." We return to colorful Blue Earth, Minnesota, for this Kodachrome slide snapped by Hubert Tuttle or his wife, Grace. View full size.

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Both, please!

I would like the curtains AND the couch!


Her upper. Just wanted to type that word.

My Shirt

My favorite Hawaiian shirt is identical to those curtains.
My wife hates it. I love that shirt.

Happy Days

The Cunningham family had curtains very similar to these.

Sensible, modest woman

This is a very impromptu photograph; this woman didn't even take off her apron. Her eyeglasses are now back in fashion. And the cool cotton dresses (often home sewn) that she and her friend wear are just the thing for a hot summer day (with the essential girdle underneath).

The beautiful curtains were probably an extravagance purchased during the 40's after the war. The pattern is already dated for the 50's Maybe they got those nice wooden venetian blinds at the same time. The old couch was still in good shape; no need to replace that.

Sally's Not Allowed

on the couch.

She might clash with the colors.

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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