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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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Bathtime For Baby: 1962

Bathtime For Baby: 1962

Our Princeton, New Jersey house was built for us in the spring of 1962. On the weekends we made trips to see the progress of the build (seen here) and finally moved into it on July 30, 1962. As in our Levittown house, my brother was bathed in the kitchen sink. (You have to get down on your hands and knees to wash a baby in a bath tub. It is much nicer to be able to stand up for that task.) Here he sits, in a towel, ready for that bath.

The kitchen was decorated in pseudo-rustic farmhouse style. It was yellow with brown fixtures. You can see the front panel of the brown dish washer at lower left. The kitchen cabinets were knotty pine with brass faux-hammered handles. My mother made window shades from a yellow chicken-and-nest fabric with a brown pom-pom border on the bottom. My mother loved home decorating as much as she loved designing and making clothes.

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