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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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Reading to Baby: 1955

Reading to Baby: 1955

Another look at the original mid-century modern furniture and giant fireplace wall that was in the Levittowner model of the Levittown, Pennsylvania homes as my father reads a book to me. The last time we saw this book shelf it had my parents' original AM-only radio on it. By the time this picture was taken that radio had been moved to the kitchen and a second radio, which received only the new FM high band, was purchased and placed in this living room. I have no memory of them ever listening to that radio. In this era there were very few stations on it and they tended to be stuffy educational affairs, playing classical or jazz music and dry talk shows.

My parents cared so little for this radio that when we moved to our next house in 1962 they gave it to me for my bedroom. The FM programs it received were as uninteresting to me as they were to my parents. But the FM high band was between channels 6 and 7 on the television frequency, and this radio got both channels 6 and 7 on its ends. So when I was told I could no longer watch TV because it was bedtime, I turned on my FM radio, from in my bed and listened to TV. Specifically I remember I liked to listen to Bewitched. My parents never figured that one out, though I don’t think they would have cared if they had known. View full size.

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