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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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Float in a Boat: 1961

Float in a Boat: 1961

Uncle Roger, cousin Deanna and Aunt Susan taking a dip the pool. Likely taken in 1961. View full size.

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Those cheap blue boats!

They used to sell little plastic skiffs like this one at discount stores. They were made out of plastic similar to the plastic toddler pools you can buy today. My friend bought one for $7.50 with a small wood paddle at the J.M. Fields store near our house in about 1966. We used to drag it down the street to the lake in our neighborhood. We were about 8 years old. It only held one kid. I remember watching from the shore. Eventually the boat sank and was lost. The lake was big and deep. What a terribly dangerous "toy." We were always down there unsupervised. But it sure was fun!

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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