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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Thornton, Illinois limestone quarry circa 1921. My wife's grandfather was a Serbian immigrant who worked in this quarry his whole life. His home and family lived in a home right next to the quarry so he truly was able to walk to his work. This quarry is still in operation today and now covers many square miles. View full size.
Larkspur, California, January 7, 1953. A photo of me I didn't know existed until a few days ago. I'm the second cowboy hat from the left at my best friend's 6th birthday party; I'd turned 6 the previous August. It's one of the rare childhood events that I've always carried a memory of; specifically: I insisted on leaving the party early so I could get home in time to watch "Time for Beany" on TV. My brother - whose hat that had been - came over and walked me home. My other classmates are the kid with the giant glasses on his head and the cowgirl behind the wide-eyed boy at right; I met up with her at our high school Class of '64 50th reunion last September. Others are mostly relatives, including
June Cleaver his aunt setting up pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. I gotta say, for a kid with a birthday so close to Christmas, it looks like my friend made out like a bandit.
Many thanks to his sister, the little girl at my side, for getting this negative to me to scan. View full size.
On the back of this photo is written, "#4 coal mines McAllister or Adamson Okla 1913." I just discovered the photo in the back of my closet and do not recall how I acquired it. View full size.
This is my colorized version of this Shorpy original. I used a number of sources within the vintage magazine collecting community online to find color images of all of the covers included. All covers are colored accurately with the exception of "Super Sports" which I could not find. I was able to find a number of other issues of "Super Sports" but not the one featured in the picture. I used those as references in an effort to guess at the colors as accurately as possible. View full size.
June 24, 1959. My brother posed proudly with our cocker Cindy in front of his decked-out bike for the annual St. Jean Baptiste Parade in Bedford, Quebec. It was ironic that an English kid led the bike parade celebrating French Quebec's "national" day of celebration. View full size.
Same location as the Hula Hoop photo - our driveway - with Dad and me in winter 1958. We lived literally on the edge of town, as seen by the background countryside and woods. That was our playground, summer and winter, for my friends and me, the best childhood anyone could ask for. No helicopter parenting, no electronic distractions. We never felt we were missing something. A Google Earth view shows that countryside is now subdivision. View full size.