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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 • CLASSIC CHRISTMAS ART

Sampson Street Postcard: 1892

Sampson Street Postcard: 1892

Tremont, Illinois, 1892. Sampson Street looking South. This real photo postcard is the property of, and used with permission of, the Tremont Museum and Historical Society at the corner of Sampson and Madison Streets in Tremont.

Downtown Tremont: 1892

Downtown Tremont: 1892

Tremont, Illinois, 1892. Sampson Street looking South. This real photo postcard is the property of, and used with permission of, the Tremont Museum and Historical Society at the corner of Sampson and Madison Streets in Tremont.

Smoking in Venice: 1950

Smoking in Venice: 1950

"St. Mark's Square," circa 1950. From a set of Kodachrome slides I found in an antique store, apparently taken by American tourists. The slides aren't dated, but the mounts are the type used by Kodak from 1950 to 1955. View full size.

Two Pet Cows: circa 1940

Two Pet Cows: circa 1940

Willard J. Haak Jr. with his favorite pet cows, circa 1940. The photo was taken at the Willard S. Haak Cattle and Dairy Farms in Marion, Iowa. Haak Jr. (1928 - 2017) was a Peoria resident and later employed as an engineer for Caterpillar, Inc. in research and development for 37 years, retiring in 1993.

Dairy Farm: 1937-1943

Dairy Farm: 1937-1943

The Willard S. Haak Cattle and Dairy Farms, Marion, Iowa, between 1937 and 1943. They were a Dutch Girl brand milk producer. Dutch Girl was sold in the midwest and at Leibsohn Grocery, in Marion, Iowa.

Wolf Covered Bridge (front view), Spoon River, Illinois, 1979

Wolf Covered Bridge (front view), Spoon River, Illinois, 1979

The Wolf Covered Bridge over the Spoon River in Knox County, Illinois, 1979. The bridge was built by cattle rancher Jacob Wolf in 1848. Wolf designed it to resemble an open barn door so that cattle would cross it more willingly and without incident.

James Burkhalter, a former Civil War Captain, built a swinging end-door enclosure a year after a flood in 1873. The enclosure helped to preserve the wood from rot and reinforced the bridge.

The bridge burned on August 1, 1994. Three boys were arrested for arson. After a lengthy trial, the juveniles were found guilty on lesser charges and placed on probation. All were under-age at the time of the fire. A replica was built in 1999 and made wider and taller for modern vehicles.

Pediatrics: 1944

Pediatrics: 1944

Kathleen, May 6, 1944. My mother-in-law graduated from nursing school at St. Joseph's Hospital in Kokomo, Indiana in the early 1940s. Her initial specialty was pediatrics. I found this image in an envelope that had many photos of her classmates dressed in their caps and capes.

The child's last name is crossed out on the back of the print. These children are not newborns so I'm unsure as to why they were in the hospital. The available lighting from a window and Kathleen's swaddling make for an intriguing image that gives more questions than answers.

Camp: 1942

Camp: 1942

My dad, far left, at scout camp in Salem, Massachusetts in the summer of 1942.

 
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