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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 • VAN HOUTEN'S COCOA, c. 1890

Arlene and Me: 1954

Arlene and Me: 1954

My mother poses for my father with one-month-old me in the back yard of their first house which was at 110 Dogwood Drive, Levittown, Pennsylvania. It is part of a whole roll of pictures featuring my mother and me in which I am out of focus. Whether it was my father’s lack of photographic skills or the camera my mother brought with her into the marriage, I can not know. I only know that they replaced that camera right after this roll was developed.

After the Baby: 1954

After the Baby: 1954

One month after my birth, my mother Arlene poses for a series of snapshots taken by my father in their back yard with the new baby, or in this case with the new carriage they bought to use with me.

No Dirty Laundry: 1954

No Dirty Laundry: 1954

In the same roll of film and afternoon that my father took out of focus pictures of one month old me, my father photographed my mother hanging clothes on the line. Exactly why she choose to have my father photograph her doing laundry, I can not explain. I know she loved the smell of clothing hung on the line, and I know the house came with an electric dryer. I further know that this Levittown, Pennsylvania house did not come with a clothes line. My father put it in for her. There also appears to be a 1951 Plymouth parked in the next door neighbor’s carport.

Puritan Ice Company Workers

Puritan Ice Company Workers

My grandfather, Grant M. Hodge is on the far right. He was a resident of Santa Barbara from 1921 until his death in 1967. The Puritan Ice Company was founded in Santa Barbara and operated between 1922 and 1986. They manufactured large blocks of ice for railroad cars transporting fresh fruits and vegetables. Based on how young he looks, I would say this picture was taken between 1922 and 1932. View full size.

Donner Pass Snow Shed

Donner Pass Snow Shed

Southern Pacific maintained long stretches of wooden snow shed over its Donner Pass route in Placer and Nevada Counties, California. The sheds used an enormous amount of lumber and labor to construct and maintain and were beginning to be phased out in the 1930s except at key spots which the railroad deemed worth keeping.

Photo dates from the 1920s to 1930s and shows some construction or repair underway at Shed #10 which was located between SP's Crystal Lake and Cisco, Calif. stations. Norm Sayler Collection, Donner Summit Historical Society. View full size.

Hell Hole Reservoir Failure : 1964

Hell Hole Reservoir Failure : 1964

Record rainfall in the Sierra Nevada mountains in December 1964 caused water to breach the yet uncompleted Hell Hole Reservoir Dam located 40 miles east of the City of Auburn, Placer County, California. As the water surge arrived at the Highway 49 Bridge between Auburn and Cool, the Highway 49 bridge was completely destroyed, while the older concrete railroad crossing in the background survives to this day. Norm Sayler Collection, Donner Summit Historical Society. View full size.

Highway 49 Bridge Goes Under: 1964

Highway 49 Bridge Goes Under: 1964

The California Highway 49 steel bridge river crossing could only withstand so much and finally succumbed to the water surge from the failure of Hell Hole Reservoir in December 1964. Norm Sayler Collection, Donner Summit Historical Society. View full size.

 
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