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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

Redhead Posse: 1956

Redhead Posse: 1956

Bert and Iva are on the road visiting relatives. In 1956 they visited this red-headed posse in Nebraska. Stick 'em up, pardner. 35mm Kodachrome from the Bert's Slides Collection. View full size.

Trailer Life: 1950s

Trailer Life: 1950s

My good friend and former neighbor Jim and his wife Lois in their trailer home in the early 1950s, when he was stationed in Florida as a radioman in the Navy. He loved motorcycles, hot rods, music, cats, exotic birds, and most of all people. Talking to him was guaranteed to make you smile. Godspeed Jim! View full size.

Giessen, Germany c.1952

Giessen, Germany c.1952

I don't know the location. Perhaps Shorpy readers can pinpoint it. My dad was in the US Army, stationed in Germany in the early 1950s. He bought a great Agfa Karat 35mm camera and left me some beautiful slides. Another of his photos is on Shorpy here. View full size.

UPDATE: Thank you PLA and bobstothfang, for the location!

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.

 
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