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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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Prince Albert in a Can

Prince Albert in a Can

No need to call, here you can plainly see that my father has Prince Albert in a can at his store, the De Luxe Groceteria in San Francisco. This is 1934, shortly after he opened for business. View full size.

FAPEX: 1961

FAPEX: 1961

February 1961. FAPEX, the First Annual Philatelic Exhibition, set up in my bedroom. Obviously taken before opening, as otherwise the exhibit would be obscured by the throngs attending. Or maybe this is one of those time exposures where all the people were moving. Anyway, my stamp collection, enhanced by my 15-year old delusions of grandeur. I still have the stamps, but I wish I had the goose-neck floor lamp and Rocketeer-style illuminated globe. I am still using that bedstead, however, every night. 127 Ektachrome slide.

Oh; there was no Second Annual Philatelic Exhibition.

1954 Mercury Monterey

1954 Mercury Monterey

Having just seen Delworthio's photo of a blue Mercury, I couldn't resist posting one of my 1954 Monterey, some twenty years later (1989) and a few thousand miles east of Indiana. View full size.

1951 Mercury

1951 Mercury

My Uncle took pictures of everything dear to him. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Nashville Now

Nashville Now

Finally a historic photo from my city on Nashville! I went down to the corner of Third and Church and tried to take a new (digital) photo from the same spot as the one seen in George Christopher: 1910. This was the best match of the four corners. Nothing seems to remain from the 1910 shot. I based the location on info from the Warren Brothers website given below.

LBJ on LSD: 1967

LBJ on LSD: 1967

May 1967. I liked to see what weird effects I could get fooling around with the controls of our color TV. If you turned the horizontal hold just to the point where it was about to lose it, you'd get something like this. If the President of the United States happened to be on, that is.

Mission to the Cars: 1958

Mission to the Cars: 1958

August 1958, California's Mission Santa Barbara with a small but interesting selection of cars, including a speeding Rambler wagon; above it in the distance a very nice two-tone Buick; next a spiffied-up yellow coupe, '47 Chevy is my guess; classic '56 Chevy in aqua and white, then a couple of Oldsmobiles, '54 and two-tone '56. Blurry but identifiable at right, a partially-obscured '57 Chevy and a '58 Plymouth. My brother's Ektachrome slide. View full size.

 
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