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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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Berlin 1949

Berlin 1949

This is my dad, John Balvin in 1949 during the Berlin Airlift. I love this shot. It looks so "Hollywood." Great light. Great man. I don' know who took it or what format. I just love it. View full size.

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Russians in Berlin

I had the privilege of spending time in Berlin in the last years before the wall came down. It made me proud to be an American to hear about the Berlin Airlift. I guess it is understandable that the Russians hated the Germans, but not their horrendous treatment of them. Raping women and starving children is not justified, by any means.

The Men Who Saved Germany

My friend's dad was also a pilot in the Airlift. After working so hard to defeat it, these men quite literally saved Germany from Russia. It was an awesome task and our men did the hard work with honor. I would treasure a photo like this!


It does look like a Hollywood glamor shot. Very handsome.

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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