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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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More Skateboard Fun

More Skateboard Fun

Here's another picture of my dad skating in 1965 in West Covina, Los Angeles. My dad left a comment about what it was like skateboarding back then on the other picture I posted of him skating here. View full size.

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Azusa Avenue

I grew up in West Covina and was wondering about that sign in the background. Was that Azusa Avenue? I can't quite place it.

A Smoggy Day

1965 was more-or-less the heyday of smog in LA. Note the misty background. In those days, inland areas frequently reached 50-60 ppm pollution levels. It hurt to take a deep breath and eyes would sting. Nowadays it's a triple-stage alert (and quite rare) to reach 15 ppm. This is progress and should be appreciated.

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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