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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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The Fleet's Out!

The Fleet's Out!

Dad took this while in the Navy touring the Mediterranean during the Korean War, 1951. He'd use his Kodak Bantam and just mail the undeveloped film home to Indiana. Kodachrome slide.

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U.S. Navy in the Mediterranean

Makes me think of holidays I had with my parents during the 50's and early 60's to Cannes, France, where we often met crew members of the U.S. Navy Sixth Fleet. I especially remember the USS Saratoga (CV-60) and how impressed I was as a 14 year old boy visiting it. And visiting the local fair with Navy Sailor men was great fun!

Navy Relief

This reminds me of when we first got to Germany. We were driving around, sightseeing, and saw a tour bus pulled off to the side of the road. In front of the bus was a line of about a dozen men, doing this. We were amused, but, being the parents of little boys, we soon learned to appreciate the acceptability of it!

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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