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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Streets of San Francisco: 1957

Streets of San Francisco: 1957

        UPDATE: By amazing coincidence, the photographer here (the late father of Shorpy member rsyung) seems to have stumbled upon a shooting location for the Alfred Hitchcock thriller "Vertigo," with the same cars lined up along the curb as in a scene from the movie. Scroll down to the comments for details. -- Dave

Taken by my dad in August, 1957. Bay Bridge in the background. I'm sure someone with an intimate knowledge of "The City" and / or Google maps will figure out which street this is. Kodachrome slide, Contax camera. View full size.

C-130 at the South Pole: 1974

C-130 at the South Pole: 1974

December 1974. This LC-130R Hercules has just arrived at the geographic south pole, flying in from McMurdo Station. This is the same aircraft that appeared in part in this earlier post. Operated by the "Puckered Penguins" navy squadron VXE-6, this is one of several arctic-equipped Herkies employed largely for the benefit of the National Science Foundation until VXE-6 was disbanded in 1999. In later years, this particular airframe sported an image of Walter Lantz's "Chilly Willy" cartoon character on its nose. Image from a Kodachrome slide, Frank Burch collection. View full size.

Huey in Antarctica: 1974

Huey in Antarctica: 1974

December 1974. This Bell UH-1 Iroquois (or "Huey') facilitates yet another errand in the vicinity of McMurdo Station, Antarctica. Scanned Kodachrome slide from the Frank Burch collection. View full size.

School for Shorpy-types

School for Shorpy-types

Appears to be a printing shop. Picked it up at a estate sale. No other info is known. View full size.

Doughboys of 1919

Doughboys of 1919

These are the boys of the headquarters company band, 53rd Infantry Regiment, Sixth Infantry Division. The reverse is inscribed Taken near Hotel du France, Cauterets, France, July 25th 1919. Do you recognize? Your loving brother, Bernie. The sender of this post card was Bernard Burch (1889-1985) of Wadena, Minnesota. He is fourth from the left in the first standing row. Bernie's enlistment took him away from his clerical duties at Wadena's Burch Brothers Department store. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Harpers Ferry circa 1952

Harpers Ferry circa 1952

Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. Happily, all the buildings in this photo are in far better shape now compared to when this photo was taken. The building on the left is 723 Shenandoah Street; it once housed the Stagecoach Inn, but is now home to the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. St. Peter's Catholic Church looms overhead. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Hack Martin's General Store

Hack Martin's General Store

My great grandfather, Haskell "Hack" Martin in his general store in Saluda, South Carolina in the 1930's. View full size.

 
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