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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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Just Add Water

Just Add Water

Take one kid, add dirt (water optional), and you have the very definition of "full of imaginative fun." Your 'umble narrator in the back yard garden, soon to learn a sharp lesson about leaving a rake with the tines up. Note the 1950 Studebaker Champion, AKA "The Green Apple." From my dad's slides: Kodachrome, Kodak Retina. View full size.

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Robin's Egg Blue

For those who were wondering, the car in the background is a 1950 Studebaker Champion. This was Studebaker's entry-level car that year.

Playin in the dirt

Loribl is right. Playin' in the dirt is what kids should be doing. My goodness my favorite thing in the world was taking out some hot wheels cars and matchbox trucks and such and building roads and ponds and all kinds of stuff.

Not an Xbox in sight!

This is what kids are supposed to be doing: playing in the dirt fueled only by their imaginations! Thanks for a great shot.

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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