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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

A-Hunting We Will Go

A-Hunting We Will Go

From an old family photo album from the turn of the century. View full size.

College Days

College Days

From an old family photo album. I hope the skull was a prop... View full size.

Calling the Shot

Calling the Shot

Turn-of-the-Century picture from an old family photo album, probably taken in Washington, D.C. Can anyone identify the flag on the wall? View full size.

The Devil Engine

The Devil Engine

Hard to believe that in the days before email locomotive portrait photographers had their own photo-sharing network, trading pictures among each other to fill in gaps in their own negative collections. All were valuable, but unusual number combinations like this were highly prized.

Texas & Pacific Railroad Texas-type #666 is at Shreveport, Louisiana in September, 1949. T&P engine crews did in fact refer to this locomotive as "The Devil Engine". View full size.

Summer of Love +7

Summer of Love +7

San Francisco, 1974. My brother, his bell-bottoms and his wife, on a steep street in the Cow Hollow neighborhood. One of those kinds of sidewalks Steve McQueen came crashing down in Bullitt six years earlier.

See Other Side: 1975

See Other Side: 1975

A companion to my Crater Lake photo, same trip, same guys: my friend, my brother, me. In Oregon, near some big mountain or other. Trying to remember the name... don't tell me, it'll come to me... View full size.

Vines harvest.

Vines harvest.

Culture of the vine. The time of the grape harvest is there. The tree on the line is a peach tree. The grape harvest was not mechanical for a better preservation of grapewines and all the village took part. South-west of France circa 50. Bordeaux area. View full size.

 
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