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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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Oldest Couple: 1951

Oldest Couple: 1951

Oldest couple -- not really -- but they are the oldest couple in my family photo collection. Mr. and Mrs. William Meriwether Sr., of rural Blandinsville, Ill. These are my great grandparents, born in the early 1870s, I remember her, but he died before I could really remember things. Her name was Kathryn. Photo from 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Old-fashioned fashion

Your wonderful grandparents look like all the aged relatives I remember as a child -- they seem to have somehow stuck at some moment in time and never changed. I guess it's because of the clothes. My great-aunts and uncles always looked like they walked right out of the 1930s even though it was the early '70s.

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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