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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • JOIN THE NAVY, 1917

Fledglings: 1942

Fledglings: 1942

1942. "Final assembly at Vultee's Downey, California, plant of the BT-13A 'Valiant' basic trainer -- a fast, sturdy ship powered by a Pratt & Whitney Wasp engine." Photo by Alfred Palmer for the Office of War Information. View full size.

 

General Electric: 1949

General Electric: 1949

August 4, 1949. "General Electric turbine plant, Schenectady, New York." Calling all car-spotters! Large-format negative by Gottscho-Schleisner. View full size.

 

World Series: 1933

World Series: 1933

Washington, D.C. "World Series of 1933, Nationals-Giants. View of diamond, first game at Griffith Stadium." Which would be Game 3 on October 5. In the team's only win of the Series, Washington shut out New York 4-0, with President Roosevelt in the stands. Nitrate negative by Theodor Horydczak. View full size.

 

Ordinary People: 1951

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Ordinary People: 1951

1951. Santa Barbara, Calif. "Actress Lana Turner, daughter Cheryl Crane and husband Henry J. 'Bob' Topping grilling hamburgers at beach." Carefree cookouts -- a family ritual! Photo by Earl Theisen for Look magazine. View full size.

No Refills: 1939

No Refills: 1939

January 1939. "Vacant drugstore. Mound Bayou, Mississippi." Ballad of the sad pharmacy. Photo by Russell Lee, Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Strange Fourth: 1955

Strange Fourth: 1955

At first glance this might appear to be a photo of a boy playing with sparklers, accompanied by The Mummy. Actually, it's me with my father, who happened to turn his head during this slow exposure. We're on the Russian River beach at Guernewood Park, California, a couple blocks from our vacation home. Another oddity about this Ektachrome slide by my brother: he was at the height of his camera bug phase, and decided to try developing the film himself, using a Kodak home processing kit, back home in Mother's kitchen sink. I remember the scene, really a mental snapshot of him in the darkened kitchen. This shot, along with others on the roll, exhibit processing anomalies, such as the flurry of red blobs and the aura emanating from the top of my head. The event itself was tons of fun. We semi-successfully shot a rocket over the river, and I remember gleefully watching black snakes curling about on the sand. And the aroma! View full size.

The Happy Camper: 1957

The Happy Camper: 1957

"Kermy -- Nawakwa, 1957." Let the short-sheeting begin! View full size.

 
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