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.
Vintage photos of:
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.
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.
Galveston, Texas - another Kodachrome by my dad, taken in November, 1960. The weather looks ominous. View full size.
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.
A picture from the bridge of the USS Palm Beach (AGER-3) taken in the Norwegian Sea in the summer of 1968. She was 170 feet long and displaced 700 tons. She was built by Higgins Boats in New Orleans during WW2 as an AKL and served as an internal engine repair ship in the Pacific. Note the twin 20mm mounts covered in tarps. She was also armed with four .50 caliber machine guns, ten Thompson submachine guns, seven .45 cal pistols and one M-1 carbine. Palm Beach was the sister ship of the ill fated USS Pueblo. View full size.
[Did you take this photo? If not, who did? -tterrace]
This photo was in an album that I purchased at an estate sale. The album was a home-made affair and contained mostly photos of students and teachers of Cold Springs High School in Bremen, Alabama around 1940. Underneath this particular photo was written "Laundryman." View full size.