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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Galveston Ferry: 1960

Galveston Ferry: 1960

Another Galveston-related photo taken by my father in Nov. 1960. View full size.

Shabby Greek Again

Shabby Greek Again

Picture is of the same house as "Shabby Greek: 1939", taken about 2 years later by my parents. View full size.

Shabby Greek: The Caretaker

Shabby Greek: The Caretaker

Picture is of the same house as "Shabby Greek: 1939", taken about 2 years later by my parents. The woman was the caretaker and the only person in residence the the time. View full size.

Selfie: 1950

Selfie: 1950

September 1950, Wadena, Minnesota. Frank Burch, age 23 at the time, undoubtedly used a timed shutter release while he posed with the Kimball upright. Even at this young age, he had already served a hitch in the army and completed an undergraduate degree in history. Within days, he would be off to graduate school at Notre Dame, leaving home for good. His mother posed for another photo in this sequence. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection.

Photographer's Mother

Photographer's Mother

Wadena, Minnesota, September 1950. Laurie Ward Burch (1891-1981) happily provides a subject for her son's photography avocation. This house was built in 1920 by Henry Burch as a wedding gift to his son Bernie and his bride Laurie. Gotta love the hand-finished radio cabinet and interior trim. Scanned negative from the Frank Burch photo collection.

Boulevard Motel: 1960

Boulevard Motel: 1960

Galveston, Texas - another Kodachrome by my dad, taken in November, 1960. The weather looks ominous. View full size.

Galveston Pleasure Pier: 1960

Galveston Pleasure Pier: 1960

Another photo of Galveston, Texas taken by my dad in Nov. 1960. The Pleasure Pier is in the background, heavily damaged by Hurricane Carla the very next year, and not reopened until 2012. View full size.

 
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