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.
Found in Giessen, Germany in 1970. On the back is "Pioniere beim Abraumen eines Minenfeldes an einer Brucke in Brussel." View full size.
Another negative I scanned that actually came out well. No reference as to who they are. Judging from clothing, 1910's to early 20's. View full size.
Restored picture of Harpers Ferry: 1862 --- "Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. View of town; confluence of Potomac and Shenandoah rivers; railroad bridge in ruins." Battle of Harpers Ferry, September 1862. Wet plate glass negative by C.O. Bostwick. --- The original photo can be found here.
I spent a lot of time making sure that this restoration was accurate. I was able to find pictures and drawings from around the same time and used those as a reference. View full size.
Another view of the post office in the distance. Dated 1920s. View full size.
[Where is Three Creek? -tterrace]
Visiting friends in Manila, Philippines I photographed their son "Cowboy" and his Scout friends for an impromptu group photo. I made this photo using a Nikon FM with a 105mm lens and 35mm Extachrome film. April 1983. View full size.