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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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Read All About It (Colorized): 1942

Read All About It (Colorized): 1942

        May 1942. "Southington, Connecticut. Where Southington folk buy their magazines." Photo by Fenno Jacobs for the OWI.

Under the original black-and-white photo, one commenter remarked, "The only thing better than this picture would be to see it in color." This prompted me to start on what eventually became an almost year-long journey of Internet detective work in order to find all the magazines in this shot as they looked in their original colors. Click here to see all the magazine covers I collected. View full size.

Cactus Pete's: 1969

Cactus Pete's: 1969

1969, on the road to my father's roots in a 1964 Chevelle wagon, the beginning of this trip. This was Cactus Pete's Motel, as I recall, in Jackpot, Nevada. We drove into Wyoming and Nebraska so my middle-aged dad could say hello and bye to various relatives. Good times! View full size.

Regular Folk, c. 1937

Regular Folk, c. 1937

Somewhere in Minnesota. Mr. & Mrs. Bernard Burch appear to the left, behind their son Frank. The identities of the three to the right are unknown to us. Admittedly, this image is unremarkable, except for a Barrow Gang vibe implied by the clothes, the postures, and what appears to be a Model A Ford--positioned in the rear to be inconspicuous yet ready for a quick getaway. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

The Help

The Help

I thought this photo of a woman with a child on a tricycle (which dates to the 1930's or 1940's) was a mother and daughter until I read the back. It says: "Andre (Mary's maid) + Bobbie."

US/Soviet Meeting

US/Soviet Meeting

Cropped enlargement of an original print size 2 in. by 2 in. Inscription in fountain pen on back: "Get this enlarged. Our Lt, a Russian major, and myself. German PW camp in background." My uncle's unit was the 4th Armored Division, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A. No date. Possible location Germany or Czechoslovakia.

Just Stand There and Look at the Camera

Just Stand There and Look at the Camera

I bought this late 1930s or wartime 1940s snapshot in an antique store because I liked the composition of the photo with its curved curb and sidewalk, and all the prewar cars. View full size.

Farm to Table: 1960

Farm to Table: 1960

Amelia County, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Sunday dinner at the Miller house, with the farm of Marvin and Thelma Warriner in the background. Photo by Helen Warriner-Burke. View full size.

 
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