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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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Candlelight By Daylight?

Candlelight By Daylight?

Blandinsville, Ill., Christmas 1955. Who ever heard of a candlelight dinner during the day?

The local paper would print a news story of our visit and at the end it would read, "and everyone had a good time."
I think the reporters were telling the truth.

Grandmother always had devotional books at the table. Silent witnesses to subsequent generations and one that continues to this very day. View full size.

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True Love

This man truly loved his wife! Look at that huge window (with a view, no less). Look at the sill full of plants! Look at him gooble up those goodies - no time to pose for a snapshot!

I can't remember NOT having a great time at family Christmas dinners. Thank God for these special times (and the invention of the camera that keeps them fresh in our hearts).

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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