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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.

 
 
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Bat Galim Babes: 1940

Bat Galim Babes: 1940

Haifa, British Mandate Palestine, circa 1940. "Swimming pool at the Casino, Bat Galim neighborhood." Medium-format acetate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Slow Bridge: 1908

Slow Bridge: 1908

Circa 1908. "Arch bridge, Bellows Falls, Vermont." Note the $5 fine for speeders. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 

The North American: 1904

The North American: 1904

Philadelphia circa 1904. "The North American and Real Estate Trust buildings." Plus a glimpse of Philadelphia City Hall. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

The Jackson Four: 1904

The Jackson Four: 1904

Circa 1904. "W.H. Jackson and family. William Henry Jackson with mother Harriet and probably daughter-in-law (wife of Clarence S. Jackson) and grandson Billy (b. 1902)." 11x14 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Solomon's Pools: 1940

Solomon's Pools: 1940

British Mandate Palestine circa 1940. "Solomon's Pools become a picnic & swimming resort. Watching bathers at the upper pool." Nitrate negative by the American Colony Photo Department/Matson Photo Service. View full size.

 

Mother and Me: 1955

Mother and Me: 1955

If this wasn't taken on Mother's Day, it sure should have been. At any rate, Mother allowed herself to be cajoled into a rare posed shot by my brother, who had his newly-acquired Lordox 35mm camera loaded with Ansco Color slide film. She did touch up her lipstick, I see, and even wears one of our garden flowers in her dress. Otherwise, we're both clad in everyday duds, including my cowboy-style belt. I've got my eye patch on to treat my amblyopia which, as we all know by now, was never rectified. I appear to be holding a piece of colored chalk, very plausible for the period. This is probably early in the year, so I'm still 8. In the background, struggling through the bank of succulents, is one of our century plants that I kept hoping would finally bloom one year; I'd have to wait until 1966.

Mother did not like having her picture taken. I was 2 before we were even together in one, and this is the first of only 5 in which we're by ourselves. But I was her youngest, and she never stopped introducing me to people, "And this is my baby ... " She left us in July 1999, just 2 weeks short of her 91st birthday.

Stuck Up: 1898

Stuck Up: 1898

June 23, 1898. Niagara Falls, New York. "A Hold Up. Pawnee Bill's Wild West Co." 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.

 
 
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