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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1940s photo taken by my grandfather, Detroit News photographer Howard McGraw of a young man who's really just too cool for words. Don't worry, the cigarette is not lit! Scanned from a 4x5 negative. View full size.
November 1953. Beverly Hills, California. "Comedian Groucho Marx sitting on a swingset with daughter Melinda." Ektachrome transparency from photos for the Look magazine assignment "Hollywood Fathers." View full size.
France. April 1918. "The horrible disfigured man of war can not cool the warmth of the friendship of his old comrade for Alexandre the blind mutile, but the Red Cross can not leave him without further aid." 5x7 glass negative from the American National Red Cross Photograph Collection, Library of Congress. View full size.