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.
My grandpa was in the Navy for a time in the late '50s. This photo was taken in March, 1958. This was scanned from another faded paper print that I cleaned up. View full size.