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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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My older sister and me

My older sister and me

Mom wrote "1952" on the back. In pencil, as was her wont. I still remember the shirt -- beige with brown dots. She had my dad's front teeth, by the way.

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Dad's teeth

Did Dad get the front teeth back after the picture was taken?

Lovely picture; Sis has Margaret O'Brien eyes, and I can't think of a single mother who wouldn't kill to get a smile like yours on their baby boy!

My mother tells me that whenever they got black and white studio portraits done (not often!), one hand-tinted copy of the shot was part of the package. Some photographers were more tasteful than others, I guess; Mom's tinted senior picture is on the Easter-egg side of the spectrum, and she tells me he didn't even get the color of her dress tight.

As is our wont

It's always gratifying to encounter a fellow wont-user. Cute photo, reminds me of mine, a solo affair from a couple years earlier, down to the sepia tinge. Another one from the session was hand-tinted. You ever wonder what shtick the photographer pulled to get such artless grins on our little mugs?

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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