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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Scott Base, Antarctica: 1974

Scott Base, Antarctica: 1974

December 1974. Scott Base is the epicenter of New Zealand's Antarctic interests. This photo may have been taken before all the base's structures were painted smurf green for safety purposes. Image from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Skyway to Fantasyland: 1956

Skyway to Fantasyland: 1956

Disneyland, 1956. The Skyway to Fantasyland, a ride no more. One of hundreds of Kodachrome slides taken by my dad starting in 1955. One of many to soon be posted. View full size.

Family Reunion: c.1952

Family Reunion: c.1952

Kelley family reunion taken either in Elgin or Rockford, Illinois around 1952. My Dad, Donald A., is fourth from the right, standing; Mom, "Dovey", is far right seated. Both gone, both still loved deeply. View full size.

Christmas Turkey!

Christmas Turkey!

Dad in our extremely small kitchen on 7th Ave. in Rockford Illinois. The table folded out from the wall. He always carved. I'm guessing this was taken in the early 50's; I don't remember the apron. View full size.

Li'l Bros: 1949

Li'l Bros: 1949

My brother Don (left) and me, taken in 1949. I was soon to lose all that baby fat. View full size.

Five Rose Bowl Queens

Five Rose Bowl Queens

Somebody went to the Rose Parade on New Years Day in Pasadena, California and took this photo of a rather primitive float. Year unknown, probably 1950's. View full size.

Put Your Best Foot Forward

Put Your Best Foot Forward

A bizarre alternative to the "all stand against a wall while I shoot you" approach to taking a group photograph. While the guys are all stretched out on the lawn, the gals seem to be huddled together in the background for their own activity. This is from a photo album put together by a high school teenager during the years 1918-1921. I bought the album at an ephemera meet in Pasadena California. View full size.

 
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