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.
Vintage photos of:
July 1939. Gordonton, North Carolina. "Country store on dirt road. Sunday afternoon. Note kerosene pump on the right and the gasoline pump on the left. Rough, unfinished timber posts have been used as supports for porch roof. Negro men sitting on the porch. Brother of store owner stands in doorway." 4x5 negative by Dorothea Lange. Click here for the original B&W photo. View full size.
An unknown boy riding his tricycle in (mid-1930s?) San Diego. View full size.
If you ask me, one of these people is enjoying this ride more than the other. UPDATE: Well, as SilentEchoes57 has pointed out, this isn't the Giant Dipper. As the Wild Mouse had been gone for several years when I took this shot, this is probably the Jet Star, a smaller coaster ride that operated until 1991. 35mm Kodacolor 100 negative.