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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Hold that Pose: 1967

Hold that Pose: 1967

A rare photo of me actually wielding a camera, in this case my Retinette, in 1967 atop a hill overlooking San Rafael, Calif., with the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge in the background. I'm not really aiming at my brother here, but at my friend while he was taking this 126 Kodachrome slide. I wasn't quick enough, and didn't get the shot. View full size.

The Golden Age of Handbags: 1964

The Golden Age of Handbags: 1964

Marin Art & Garden Fair in Ross, California, July 1964. Little did I realize when I snapped this Kodachrome slide that I'd be documenting an era in women's fashion accessories. View full size.

Birth of a Photographer: 1955

Birth of a Photographer: 1955

This shot may have captured the very moment I decided to become a photographer. That's me in the center, as my brother (left) shows his photo album to a family friend in our living room. I can practically read my 9 year-old mind: Wow! All I have to do is take some pictures, and I can be the center of attention too! View full size.

Madrid 1908

Madrid 1908

Puerta del Sol- Madrid (Spain) c.1908 View full size.

Maria (Spain) 1925

Maria (Spain) 1925

My mother (left) 1925

Ansó (1927)

Ansó (1927)

My dressed grandfather of ansotano (valley in the Pyrenees) in 1927

Season-ticket

Season-ticket

The season-ticket of my great-grandfather for the Exhibition Hispanic-French celebrated in Zaragoza (Spain) in 1908

 
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