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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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110 Dogwood Drive: 1959

110 Dogwood Drive: 1959

My mother did not allow “wasting film” on pictures of cars. Film was meant to be wasted on pictures of clothes. So, when she bought me my first raincoat for the spring of 1959, she had me dress up in my boots and that yellow slicker, and pose on the porch that my father had added to the front of our first home in Levittown, Pennsylvania.

As a picture of a smirking kid in a too-big raincoat, so the sleeves have to be folded up, it is kind of lame. But it is one of only two pictures of our 1952 Studebaker Commander, which is the car sticking out of the carport behind me. That car meant the world to me because in deepest, darkest suburbia, nothing ever happened unless you got in the car. It took you to the drive-in movie, and Dairy Delite ice cream. Home was boring. Cars were exciting.

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