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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Just Married

Just Married

Unknown date, but judging from other photos, early 1920's. He doesn't seem too happy. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge

Portsmouth Memorial Bridge linking Maine and New Hampshire. Not sure of the date of the picture, but the bridge was opened to traffic in 1923. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Bridesmaid Buddy: 1920

Bridesmaid Buddy: 1920

Wadena or Little Falls, Minnesota. This is one of a series of photos taken in 1920, probably during the days immediately preceding the marriage of Laurie Ward (1891-1981), on the right, to Mr. Bernard Burch. Here, Miss Ward appears to be contemplating how to prepare a wedding feast from the victuals remaining from the road kill that adorns her companion's shoulders. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection.

Jim's Harvester: 1905

Jim's Harvester: 1905

Vintage photo picked up at an antique store. A handwritten note on the back of the photo reads: This is a picture of Jim's harvester and mules taken June 1905 the one I marked is Jim and the one in the seat driving is Willie when he was 19 yrs he was the baby when we left Dakota. View full size.

Picnic at Austin: 1952

Picnic at Austin: 1952

"7 Sept 1952. Picnic at Austin. Ivan, Dottie, Loren, Grace." A little cooldown after the sack race, maybe, in this latest installment of our popular new reality series Minnesota Kodachromes. 35mm color slide by Hubert Tuttle. View full size.

The Dog and the DeSoto: 1952

The Dog and the DeSoto: 1952

"Hubert & Sally, Aug. 1952." In the latest episode of Minnesota Kodachromes, the DeSoto and Dalmatian we saw with Grace are back for an encore. View full size.

Domestic Pardner: 1952

Domestic Pardner: 1952

"Leslie, 28 Feb. 1952." Visiting the abode of Grace and Hubert, whose low-key decor whispers of subdued scarlets and tentative teals. View full size.

 
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