Most of the photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs, 20 to 200 megabytes in size) from the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) Many were digitized by LOC contractors using a Sinar studio back. They are adjusted by your webmaster for contrast and color in Photoshop before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here.
Manhattan circa 1906. "Trinity Building and Broadway, New York." Along with Trinity Church cemetery and its Independence Memorial Spire. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.
September 1938. "Home of old and sick mine foreman and WPA worker and their families. Charleston, W.Va." Including he youngsters seen earlier here and here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott, Resettlement Administration. View full size.
September 1938. "WPA (Works Progress Administration) worker's children with toys in their play yard. South Charleston, West Virginia." Last seen here. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.
This was a party thrown for my mom and dad who are somewhat lost in the background, behind the cut-ups in front. At the house of a friend in South Pasadena, 1954. This is one-half of a 3D photo card. View full size.
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