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:
Winnipeg Roughriders Motorcycle Club at a hill climb near Miami Mb. about 1945. View full size.
Downtown Salinas, California, July in the 1950s (July). Main Street in "Big Week," meaning the Rodeo was in town. View full size.
A most rare and unexpected opportunity, to get to see the Batmobile backstage at an Indianapolis auto show in 1967. The famous car was kept in 'storage' at a local Ford dealership, my cousin's father knew the owner hence our chance to get a 'private' viewing.
This Polaroid is the lone survivor of over a dozen taken that evening. I'm the little geek in the hat should anyone be curious.
Inscription on the reverse reads Jack Browne, Camp Blanding, Fla., May 3, 1944. Son of bank president William Browne and his wife Frances, son Jack (1925-2009) would take over the family business in 1965, becoming president of what is now the Wadena State Bank. He would retire in 1995, then in 1999 provide a $1 million endowment to the Jack and Alvida Browne Foundation, established to support the arts, recreation, and economic development in the town of Wadena, MN. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.
My grandfather, Ernest Mathis, left, and his two brothers, Forrest and Olen. About 1942 in Tallassee, Alabama. View full size.