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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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[REV 25-NOV-2014]


Withers Elementary: 1972

Withers Elementary: 1972

And so after OJ Stivers Elementary, it was off to Withers Elementary in Dallas. How 'BOUT 'dem Cowboys! I'm dead center in the second row, with Lori Roberts and Kim McCastle front row from left. BFFs James Gehling and Todd Pickle in the row above me from left, in the navy blue and green shirts. Mrs. Cochran is your teacher today, grade 6A. Sadly, only one year here, then off to Cincinnati where we remained thru the end of grade school/middle school/high school/college. Scanned from a print. View full size.

Stivers Elementary: 1969

Stivers Elementary: 1969

Louisville, Kentucky, 1969. O.J. Stivers Elementary on Westport Road, AKA "The Cardboard Penitentiary." I've got those great plaid pants on, front row, to the right of the school sign. I'm not pleased to be there. View full size.

[Judging by your other pictures, you're the fourth from right, next to Mr. Spock, correct? -tterrace]

Sierra Motel: 1960

Sierra Motel: 1960

From an Ektachrome slide given to me many years ago by friends of my parents. Does anyone know where this is? The date imprint says "Dec60." View full size.

Catalina Island: 1965

Catalina Island: 1965

My sister and me, riding away on rental bikes on California's Catalina Island in June 1965. Kodachrome slide by Dad. View full size.

Public Works: c. 1932

Public Works:  c. 1932

By request, we present another image in a series of photos from the collection of Bernard Burch, one-time mayor of Wadena, Minnestota. This may be a wastewater treatment facility under construction. Also, it may be a depression-era Works Progress Administration project; if so, the image date would have to be between 1935 and 1943. Given the payload of these dump trucks, it appears that this stage of the project took quite some time. View full size.

All in the Family: 1950

All in the Family:  1950

Long before Archie and Edith Bunker, we had Bernie and Laurie Burch of Wadena, Minnesota. Bernie (1889-1985) had little interest in venturing away from his hometown or his daily routine. Outside of household chores and a weekly church visit, Laurie (1891-1981) had no real life, except perhaps for radio programs. They had no car. This house was a wedding gift to Bernie and Laurie in 1920. Aside from brief nursing facility stays at the end, this was their lifetime home. Only child Frank (1927-2009; see his reflection in the mirror) escaped this monotony to become an intrepid archivist in Washington, DC. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Lucille Laura Triplett: 1916

Lucille Laura Triplett: 1916

Lucille Laura Triplett, 1916, 18 years old. Davenport, Iowa. View full size.

[A relative of yours? -tterrace]

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