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About the Photos

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.

 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Christmas 1964

Christmas 1964

Christmas 1964 in Rochester, Indiana. Kodachrome slide. View full size. [It's Christmas in June (for me, especially) with an exceptional selection of member-submitted color slides. There are even more here. Thanks, Santa! - Dave]

The Late Show: 1969

The Late Show: 1969

January 1969 in Rochester, Indiana. If you can figure out what movie or TV show that is, I'll give you a cookie. I'm stumped. From a Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Uncle Don's Basement Bar

Uncle Don's Basement Bar

Early 1960's in Crown Point, Indiana. View full size.

The Paper and a Smoke

The Paper and a Smoke

My dad around 1948, Valparaiso, Indiana. View full size.

Clown Eats Boy: 1953

Clown Eats Boy: 1953

Santa Cruz, California Beach Boardwalk September 1953. Here I am at the entrance to the Fun House, alas now long gone. We might have gone down there for my 7th birthday; the prints from this negative (2-1/4 square Kodacolor) were made the following month. Wish I still had a shirt like that. View full size.

The Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop

The Holiday Shop record and camera store in the Roeland Park Shopping Center in Roeland Park, Kansas. We saw the music section last week. View full size.

Circus Baby: 1926

Circus Baby: 1926

Washington, D.C. "Alice Longworth & Paulina at circus. May 11, 1926." National Photo Company Collection glass negative, Library of Congress. View full size.

 
 
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