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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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Beat It: 1963

Beat It: 1963

A third look at our 1962 Princeton, New Jersey kitchen. This time, instead of bathing my brother, my mother is baking a cake, and in family tradition, my brother gets to lick the beaters. But he seems to have gotten more cake dough on his face than in his mouth, which is probably why my mother went and got the camera.

In the foreground is the Caloric gas range and a Sunbeam Mixmaster electric mixer. Every mid-century house had one of those. You can see the knotty pine finish of the cabinets behind my brother. And in the background is the space-age Caloric oven. What I liked best about the oven was that it was exactly the same model as in the Petrie kitchen on the Dick Van Dyke show set, (which was built in 1961).

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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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