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:
Galveston, Texas - another Kodachrome by my dad, taken in November, 1960. The weather looks ominous. View full size.
Another photo of Galveston, Texas taken by my dad in Nov. 1960. The Pleasure Pier is in the background, heavily damaged by Hurricane Carla the very next year, and not reopened until 2012. View full size.
A picture from the bridge of the USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) taken in the Norwegian Sea in the summer of 1968. She was 170 feet long and displaced 700 tons. She was built by Higgins Boats in New Orleans during WW2 as an AKL and served as an internal engine repair ship in the Pacific. Note the twin 20mm mounts covered in tarps. She was also armed with four .50 caliber machine guns, ten Thompson submachine guns, seven .45 cal pistols and one M-1 carbine. Palm Beach was the sister ship of the ill fated USS Pueblo. View full size.
[Did you take this photo? If not, who did? -tterrace]
This photo was in an album that I purchased at an estate sale. The album was a home-made affair and contained mostly photos of students and teachers of Cold Springs High School in Bremen, Alabama around 1940. Underneath this particular photo was written "Laundryman." View full size.
Another shot taken in my backyard in Chatham, New Jersey in 1962, looking south. The woods behind our house were at one time an old apple orchard, but now are completely wild. The ice really took a toll on things. This is 35mm photo, but before I could afford an SLR. Scan from the actual photograph. I was 14 at the time. View full size.
Another fascinating historical Kodachrome taken by my dad. Taken in May 1960, two years after the park opened and seven years before it closed forever, Pacific Ocean Park in Santa Monica, California was supposed to rival Disneyland (or so I am told). View full size.
Here is a picture of my grandfather taken in Binche (Belgium) in 1940. He's the one sitting on the front bumper of this 1939 Buick Special, with two of his friends behind. He was 19 at the time, and they had just been called to join the Belgian army, as dark clouds were quickly approaching.
The 1939 Buick Special was owned by a local wealthy taylor in Binche, which was at the time a thriving city specialized in clothes manufacturing. At the time, an American car was quite rare and a sure sign of wealthiness.
The Belgian army was defeated in 18 days, and my grandfather and his comrades fled to southern France. He almost went to England to continue the fight, but happened to be less than 30 miles from his fiancée, my future grandmother. So they went back together in Belgium, and went through the war unarmed, although he was regularly sought by the Germans to go and work in Germany. View full size.