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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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1951 Mercury

1951 Mercury

My Uncle took pictures of everything dear to him. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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Merc convertible

Actually, it's a 1953 Mercury. Back to car colors: in my observations, the only non-metallic factory colors commonly available these days seem to be white, black, red and yellow.


Thank you delworthio for this batch of car Kodachromes! You notice how boring most car colors are these days? White, black or some variation of silver. If it is a color, it's with a metallic finish. I think we're long overdue for a fashion pendulum swing back to brightly-colored, creamy-finished cars. Two-tone would be good, too.

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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