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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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Water Color Painting, Levittown PA: 1956

Water Color Painting, Levittown PA: 1956

One of my absolute favorite childhood games was painting the fireplace bricks with water. If you don’t believe it is a good way to entertain a pre-school child, give that child a paint brush, (such as the one in my hand) and a cup of water, and let them loose on any porous surface that changes color, such as a cement patio, driveway, stones, or bricks. You can barely see the areas I painted, to the right of my face, but you can certainly see my glee.

That unique-to-Levittown crawl-through fireplace which connects the living room (where I am sitting) to the kitchen is also in view. Beyond it are the mid-century modern Paul McCobb kitchen chairs and table my parents bought in 1953 to furnish their then-brand new house. Photo was taken with an Argus 75 box camera and sure-to-wash-out-all-faces flash bulb by one of my parents. Scan was made from a negative. View full size.

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