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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 • SWING INTO BOOKS

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1957

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1957

One of my favorite toddler games was playing that the mirror across from my mother’s bed was a television screen. Usually I would jump on the bed and watch myself “on TV” jumping. In this case I seem to be standing on her dresser in my socks without my shoes. But the game is the same, watch yourself on this pretend television set.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1958

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1958

Not sure why I was sitting in front of the mirror in my mother’s bedroom on this occasion. Guess it was just something for a little girl to do that day.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1959

Mirror Mirror on the Wall: 1959

Children like to play dress up in their parents’ clothes. In this case, I got into my mother’s silk scarves. I am quite sure she helped me tuck them into the back of that headband, because a child could not do that. She also added a pin from her jewelry box onto the front of this costume.Then she had me check myself out in the mirror while she got the camera to take this shot.

8:04 at the Store

8:04 at the Store

Just recently lucky enough to win this (and others) on eBay. Probably late 1940's early 1950's. View full size.

Picture Spot

Picture Spot

From a 3x4" photograph found in an antique store. View full size.

Well, Well: 1957

Well, Well: 1957

My father took this picture of me and my mother exploring a wishing well that had been overgrown with ivy. She picked me up so I could see the water and bucket that was in the well.

Bath Time For Baby: 1954

Bath Time For Baby: 1954

The Levittowner homes in Pennsylvania only had one bathroom. It had gray nine inch metal wall tiles and ivory fixtures. As a baby I was often set in the bathroom sink to have my face washed for bed. In this picture, snapped by my father (who I am looking at) she seems to be washing my southern half, rather than my face.

Rugrat's Eye View: 1954

Rugrat's Eye View: 1954

Either my mother wore her black and white polka dot shirt very frequently when I was a baby, or this photo that my father took from the perspective I would have had when I crawled, was taken on the same day as my mother washed me in the bathroom sink.

 
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