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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.

 
 
 
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Cold Camp: 1967

Cold Camp: 1967

July 1967, Kings Canyon National Park, California. My mother, brother and father around the campfire, photographed in Kodachrome by the light of a Coleman lantern. Bonus: antique enameled coffeepot. View full size.

Happy Birthday to Me: 1955

Happy Birthday to Me: 1955

August 15, 1955. My ninth birthday. In answer to my request, we had turkey with all the trimmings. I'm pretending to carve. The camera this was taken with was probably a birthday present, thereby starting me on my road to photographic immortality. Poetic justice that the shot's out of focus. Gobble gobble.

Class of '47

Class of '47

I don't know who they are, what school this is, or what grade they're in. Graduating from elementary school, maybe? View full size.

Two Horsepower

Two Horsepower

Makeshift transportation in western Nebraska around 1933. View full size.

The Newlyweds

The Newlyweds

My parents, Charles and Harriet (Tyler) Miller on their wedding day, June 11, 1946. Cambridge, MA. Spiffy suit, Dad! Update: Found and posted the original Kodachrome slide - apparently Kodachrome prints were not as stable.

The Lady Takes ... an Umbrella!

The Lady Takes ... an Umbrella!

I've always liked this photo of my late Aunt Margaret. I found that the movie whose advertising poster she is standing in front of is promoting a movie titled "The Lady Takes a Flyer," starring Lana Turner and Jeff Chandler. It wasn't until a few minutes ago, though, that I noticed the "Loew's Capital" emblem above the poster. Since there's nothing you can't find out about on the internet, I've just learned that "The Lady Takes a Flyer" premiered at this now-demolished theatre (formerly located at 1328 F Street NW, Washington, DC) the week of February 26, 1958. Must have been a rainy February, given Aunt Margaret's head scarf and umbrella!

The Hair Brothers at Crater Lake: 1975

The Hair Brothers at Crater Lake: 1975

1975, Crater Lake, Oregon. A friend, my brother and me, captured during the golden hour. I shot this on 35mm Kodak Vericolor via self-timer. Lighting is everything, isn't it? View full size.

 
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