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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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NEW FROM THE VINTAGRAPH VAULTS • TO EUROPE THE AMERICAN WAY

Face of WW2

Face of WW2

From a collection of WW2 negatives I recently acquired. No information on who this is, but he is the gunner on the B-17.

WW2: Multiple Planes

WW2: Multiple Planes

From a collection of WW2 negatives I recently acquired. Aerial shot of US planes in air somewhere in Europe. View full size.

WW2 Gunner

WW2 Gunner

From a collection of WW2 negatives I recently acquired. Gunner at his post targeting the enemy.

Santa Cruise: 1984

Santa Cruise: 1984

OK, they're parked rather than cruising, nevertheless this compendium of classic cars, this Valhalla of vintage vehicles, this body of beachside barouches is ripe for perusing in the super-duper-size scan of this 35mm Kodacolor 100 negative I shot in Santa Cruz, California. I was there visiting my brother, at the time an English teacher at Santa Cruz High. Camera: Konica Autoreflex T, 57mm f1.4 Hexanon lens. Last year I had it refurbished and used it for the first time in over 30 years. Every so often I'll shoot a roll of color negative film just for fun. View full size.

Picnic Shirts: 1963

Picnic Shirts: 1963

There were basically two groups of people who lived in Princeton, New Jersey during the 1960s: people connected to the University and related educational companies, and RCA kids. My father worked at RCA’s David Sarnoff Research Center on Route 1, so I was an RCA kid. Every spring RCA rented carnival rides and brought over acts from NBC (RCA owned that network) for an event called The RCA Picnic. All the RCA kids got to go, and the University kids did not. (Of course we RCA kids made sure they felt terrible about what they were missing.) For the 1963 event my mother made us matching plaid shirts, which we also wore to have a family picture taken on the front steps of our new “forever” home.

Picnic Shirts: 1966

Picnic Shirts: 1966

My brother did not get a Picnic Shirt originally because he had been a toddler when they were made. Whether this photo was taken on Memorial Day, Labor Day, 4th of July, or just some summer weekend, I do not know. I only remember that it was a family gathering where my father’s relatives came to visit. Here you see twelve-year-old me with my five-year-old brother in front of the Princeton house wearing my (former) Picnic Shirt. In the background is my father, wearing his Picnic Shirt, talking to his brother-in-law Abe. The 1966 Dodge Polara in the driveway was not ours. My best guess is that it either belonged to one of the uncles, or was a rental car.

This would be our last full year in Princeton. Though it was built for us to be our permanent home, it is the house we lived in the shortest: less than five years. View full size.

Jeep in Ypres: 1945

Jeep in Ypres: 1945

My father, Lt. A. D. Harper, was in the 6th Airborne Division. This is him in Ypres in May 1945 having just finished chasing the Germans to the Baltic! His vehicle is a US Jeep - their weapon was also US built - 75mm pack howitzers carried along with a Jeep in Horsa gliders. View full size.

 
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