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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Steel Bridge

Steel Bridge

Unknown location, but a pretty big bridge. Any guesses where this is/was? From my negatives collection. View full size.

Ewart Russell, c. 1953

Ewart Russell, c. 1953

This is my grandfather, Ewart Russell (1907-1996) shortly after coming to the U.S. in 1952 to work at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The '48 Chrysler was his. It apparently had some sort of semi-automatic clutchless transmission. I have no backstory for this image, which is a shame, given the character with the raised hammer lurking up in the rear. View full size.

Happy Meal

Happy Meal

Well I am not sure if this is just the look of boredom, fatigue, or regret from what had happened the night before. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Old Concord Chapter House

Old Concord Chapter House

I've been trying to find more info about the picture; I believe it is also known as the Thomas Pellet House in Concord, Massachusetts. From my negatives collection. View full size.

Fifth Grade: 1982

Fifth Grade: 1982

My fifth grade class, Raleigh North Carolina, 1982. View full size.

North State St., Chicago: 1949

North State St., Chicago: 1949

Another in the group of found Kodachromes. Great representation of a busy city street. The El in the far distance, the Chicago Theatre marquee in the near distance. The Butler building is now known as The Gene Siskel Film Center, and is a part of the Art Institute of Chicago. A school that coincidentally, my mother was studying at in 1949. View full size.

San Francisco Ferry: 1955

San Francisco Ferry: 1955

My father took this picture on a trip to Northern California in 1955. He worked as an engineer for Riverside County and was visiting various engineering projects. View full size.

 
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