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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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Sunshine School: 1941

Sunshine School: 1941

In 1926, the Sunshine Elementary School opened in Pass-A-Grille (St. Petersburg) Beach, with teachers holding classes outdoors under palm-thatched shelters. They used portable blackboards, tables and benches. They ate at the "Sunshine Filling Station", the school cafeteria. They spent at least 45 minutes a day on the beach, and classes included swimming and small boat handling. The school closed in 1975, and was razed in 1983.

My dad, at age 8, is the one who is circled and with his eyes unfortunately shut for all posterity. Taken in March 1941. Dad, now 76, still has fond memories of taking classes in the sand on the beach. Times were simpler then. The local Fish Broil originated in 1930 at Sunshine School as a means of raising funds to pay teachers’ salaries during the Great Depression. Pits were dug on the beach, buttonwood coals were burned and the pits were covered with bedsprings to grill the fish. Local fishermen donated the fish and ladies made side dishes. Fish dinners were sold and money was raised.

Believe it or not, there is now a Facebook group page for any Sunshine School alumni to join. View full size.

Assault: Late 1940's

Assault: Late 1940's

Assault, winner of the 1946 Triple Crown. Owned and bred by King Ranch. Shown here later in his career under America's top jockey Eddie Arcaro. Photographer unknown. View full size.

'Round the Deck: 1971

'Round the Deck: 1971

As I write this, we here in sunny California are experiencing our first big rain of the season, so I submit this as a farewell to summer and its Kodachrome-blue skies. My father, enjoying the fruits of his labors: the deck, the arbor, the stairs, the lattice fence, and of course, the garden. Actually, this is late spring, so the area along the fence is not the riot of color it would have been a couple months earlier. The flat appears to be sprouting a new batch of bedding plants, however. On the second step up, the black cylindrical object is the case for the fish-eye attachment I used for this shot. View full size.

My dad in England: WWII

My dad in England: WWII

My dad Vince Raya at an airbase in England during WWII.
He was an Army Air Corp sheet metal mechanic. It appears the tail section he's holding is from an FW190. Date of photo unknown. View full size.

Ashtabula: 1917

Ashtabula: 1917

Ashtabula, Ohio, 1917. The Finn Family. View full size.

Spectators

Spectators

Chicago, Il, 1960's-ish. This is one of the 30-40,000 6x6 negatives discovered at a local auction here in Chicago by a photographer named Vivian Maier. View full size.

Bank robbers: 1929

Bank robbers: 1929

From back of photograph: "The four men suspected of robbing the Linngrove (Indiana) Bank, with Sheriff Hollingsworth (left), and Prosecutor Nathan Nelson (right), were caught by the Journal Gazette Photographer as they were leaving the Adams County Court House, Friday morning after being arraigned for the robbery. Between the sheriff and the prosecutor, reading left to right are: Evertt D. Gaither of Fort Wayne, J. Phillip Chamberlain of Columbia City, Elmer Wood of Pennville and Robert E. Siniff of Fort Wayne. Photograph appeared in the Journal Gazette on 3/23/1929. Photo by Clippinger." View full size.

 
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