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About the Photos

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 • BUY WAR SAVINGS STAMPS, c. 1918

Athos Menaboni, Painter

Athos Menaboni, Painter

I made this photo of the Atlanta painter of birds in his studio around 1977 or '78. View full size.

Anne Rivers Siddons, Novelist

Anne Rivers Siddons, Novelist

Anne Rivers Siddons is a popular novelist, whom I photographed in her home in about 1977 or '78. View full size.

Tired Fireman

Tired Fireman

This is the earliest successful black and white picture I made. It was taken in the aftermath of a fire in downtown Atlanta, Georgia in about 1955. View full size.

My Godmother circa 1947

My Godmother circa 1947

Colorized photo of my godmother as little girl circa 1947, she was so cute:)

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.

 
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