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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 NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Hurry Up and Take The Picture!

Hurry Up and Take The Picture!

Awww. C'mon! That puppy's yawning! And that one's falling off the box! How can you not go 'awww'? Here--download this photo and use it as your desktop wallpaper at the office--it's a much cooler version of that "puppies-in-a-basket" wallpaper that came with your computer.

Homemade Icecream

Homemade Icecream

July 1955 - Cordova, Alabama. My grandmother, Bessie Johnson, makes homemade ice cream for the kids. That's my dad, Sam Johnson, grinning from ear to ear standing on the chair in the background. That's uncle Gene in the front and Aunt Betty on the far left.

tterrace Then and Now

tterrace Then and Now

1955 and 2002 (OK, so it's not quite "now"). A gag shot my brother and I arranged with an empty beer can found nearby, and a reenactment shot by my sister 47 years later. The building is the shell of the c. 1894 Limerick Inn in Larkspur, California. View full size.

College on Fire: 1963

College on Fire: 1963

December 16, 1963. Fire destroys the old gymnasium at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Arson suspected. The building had already been condemned for public assembly and was scheduled for demolition. In a way, the beginning of the end of the mission revival architecture of this institution, of which nothing remains on the present campus. Also: 1960 Thunderbird; vintage Van Pelt fire engine, but I can't identify the original truck make. Plus a really vintage, even for 1963, pedestrian signal at the extreme left. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

Secret Shopper: 1955

Secret Shopper: 1955

April 21, 1955. Using the self-timer on his new Lordox 35mm camera and a roll of high-speed Kodak Tri-X film, my brother photographed himself in what appears to be the canned soup and dog food section of the Rainbow Market, the exterior of which can be seen here. View full size.

Aunt Ella's Plymouth

Aunt Ella's Plymouth

1967. Grandpa Leonard Hermonson and his 1936 Plymouth. Originally it was my Great Aunt Ella's; she gave it to my grandfather when she could no longer drive. This picture was taken in Rockford, Illinois, by a photographer for The Labor News. The publication ran a short story about my Grandpa and the car. View full size.

Proud Driver

Proud Driver

Here's a picture of my grandpa, Leonard Hermonson, and one of his many cars. I'm thinking it's a Ford because of the oval on the radiator housing. From looking at the tag, he would have been around 25 when the picture was taken. I love cars. My dad says that I get the "gas in my veins" from my grandpa.

 
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