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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

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.

Willa

Willa

A photo of a great 1930's car with so-called suicide doors, and a somewhat impatient woman in front of them. The photo is really tiny. I suspect a contact print rather than an enlargement. And the name "Willa" is written in blue ball point pen on the top border. From an assortment of mostly car photos I bought at an antique store in Simi Valley, California. View full size.

Daily Driver

Daily Driver

One of the things that bugs me when people restore old cars is that they usually add right and left exterior mirrors and white sidewall tires. In their original era cars typically had neither, as this photo somebody took of their daily driver, shows. From an assortment of mostly car photos I bought from an antique store in Simi Valley, California. View full size.

Armistice Day 1918

Armistice Day 1918

A patriotic family decorated their car for Armistice Day, November 11, 1918. From a 1918-1921 photo album I found at an ephemera swap meet. View full size.

Boo Who?

Boo Who?

Long before there was a Honey Boo Boo in front of the camera, this little lady was in front of a lens. My suspicion is the buildings behind her are either the cabins of a resort, or a roadside motel that she and her family stayed at, and the photo was taken as a souvenir of that vacation. I bought it from an antique store in Simi Valley, California because of the great truck and car behind Miss Missing Teeth. View full size.

 
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