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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Godmother Katharina: 1962

Godmother Katharina: 1962

My godmother Katharina with me near Zurich, Switzerland, in 1962.

Mom in 1959

Mom in 1959

My mother (born 1932) near Zurich, Switzerland.

Mom & Co.: 1946

Mom & Co.: 1946

My Mom with her siblings in 1946 near Zurich, Switzerland.

Down On The Farm

Down On The Farm

Two Milk Maids entertaining the chickens near LaCrosse, Wis., in the 1930s

Freeway to Another World: 1965

Freeway to Another World: 1965

This shot always made me think of Chesley Bonestell's science-fiction planetary paintings, or else the Night on Bald Mountain section of Fantasia. It's July 1965, on a brand-spanking new section of Interstate 5 about, oh, I'd say eleven miles south of Weed, California. That's Black Butte, a sort of offspring of nearby Mt. Shasta. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Kodachrome Crowd: 1958

Kodachrome Crowd: 1958

How to dress for Knott's Berry Farm, California, on a gray day in February 1958. One of my sister's honeymoon Kodachromes. View full size.

Loading the Stores II

Loading the Stores II

From an old family photo album from the turn-of-the-century. They're loading something (looks like coal or ore to me) into the hold of a ship.

 
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