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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.

 
 
 
NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Seal Beach: 1958

Seal Beach: 1958

From circa 1958, a Kodachrome taken by my mother, who could handle a 35mm camera in a pinch. My parents had friends with a summer place in Seal Beach, California, a coastal community on the border of Orange and Los Angeles counties. In the foreground are my parents' bosom pals who owned or rented the place behind the Ford station wagon. That's me at the bottom of the slide; the boy making his precarious way up is the son of the aforementioned couple. Dad (with the cap) appears to be zoning out, judging by the beer cans by his side. I wonder if any of these beachside homes exist today. View full size.

Palm Springs Majorette: 1955

Palm Springs Majorette: 1955

At the Palm Springs parade in February 1955. I found this 35mm Kodachrome slide in a collection at a swap meet. View full size.

Palm Springs Dude: 1955

Palm Springs Dude: 1955

At the Palm Springs parade in February 1955. I found this 35mm Kodachrome slide in a collection at a swap meet. View full size.

Mystery Car

Mystery Car

We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Taken in Detroit. No idea what kind of car. License plate reads either 1910 or 1916 (I think it's 1910). View full size.

Somewhere in Detroit

Somewhere in Detroit

We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Pics were taken in and around the Detroit, Michigan. I think this may be a 1908 Model T Ford. View full size.

Dapper Gents

Dapper Gents

We found a box of 4X5 glass plate negatives in my parents' basement years back. Here's a scan of one dating back to around 1910 - 1915. We have no idea who these two gents are. We're assuming the photographer was somebody in my family. Pics were taken in and around the Detroit, Michigan. View full size.

Portage, Alaska: 1961

Portage, Alaska: 1961

Once upon a time, the little logging town of Portage sided the coast of Turnagain Arm just south of Anchorage, Alaska. Then on Good Friday, 1964, an earthquake measuring 9.2 on the moment magnitude scale caused the elevation of Portage to subside by more or less eight feet, to a height below sea level. The environs were flooded with salt water and the town was summarily abandoned. This photo shows what was probably the town's rail station before the calamity, which forced Alaska Rail to realign its right-of-way. Perhaps knowledgeable readers will verify? Scanned (and desaturated) Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

 
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