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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 • WASHINGTON CROSSING THE PIES

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.

Meet the McCorkles: 1957

Meet the McCorkles: 1957

I purchased this 8 x 10 print at the swap meet. On the back is printed:
Mr. and Mrs. Cliff McCorkle at their pharmacy, 101 Broadway, Richmond, Calif. 5 November 1957. Photographer: Pfc. Barbara A. Warner, Sixth US Army Photo Lab, Presidio of San Francisco, Calif. Official US Army photograph. View full size.

Broadway Pharmacist: 1957

Broadway Pharmacist: 1957

I purchased this 8 x 10 print at the swap meet. On the back is printed:

Mr. Cliff McCorkle, proprietor and pharmacist of the 101 Broadway Pharmacy, Richmond, Calif., preparing a prescription. 5 November 1957. Photographer: Pfc. Barbara A. Warner, Sixth US Army Photo Lab, Presidio of San Francisco, Calif. Official US Army photograph. View full size.

High Seas Happy Hour: 1924

High Seas Happy Hour: 1924

Yukking it up on the S.S. Bremen. This may be the ship built in 1900 as Prinzess Irene by Vulcan AG; it was renamed Bremen in 1923 and assumed the Bremerhaven-New York route that same year. It was ultimately scrapped in 1932. This image is on a postcard addressed to "Burch Bros, Wadena, Minn U.S.A." The card bears a 15-ore stamp from Denmark, postmarked 2-11-1924. The message: "How dry I was (this morning). Cheerio old chaps. Nels." Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Wadena Grade School circa 1895

Wadena Grade School circa 1895

Wadena, a northern Minnesota railroad crossing, boasted at this time a fair number of what appear to be first graders. Future World War I veteran and mayor Bernard Burch (1889-1985) is third from the left in the first standing row. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

 
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