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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.

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Christmas 1970

Christmas 1970

My father was an avid photographer. As I child I always remember him with his Rolleiflex 6x6 taking the family photos. I grew up in the darkroom with him from age six. I'm a professional photographer now and I often wonder if I did not get here due to his enthusiasm for photography and the darkroom. This shot was off of a tripod and was taken when I was ten in 1970. As I look back on it, it reminds me of a shot from a Sears catalog. The good life! It was a good Christmas. View full size.

Mom's shoes

are fabulous!

The Good Life - Indeed

Great picture, just curious how long that telescoping antenna on your walkie-talkie lasted. I remember some lasting as long as week between my brothers and I collapsing and extending them.

THE 100-YEAR-OLD PHOTO BLOG | History in HD is a vintage photo blog featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1950s. The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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