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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Pre-bathing Beauties: 1914

Pre-bathing Beauties: 1914

Agua Caliente Springs, California, September 1914. One of the many hot springs resorts in Sonoma County's Valley of the Moon. An extremely popular destination for San Franciscans of the time, who could take advantage of frequent and convenient ferry and train connections. Here my mother's older sister Mary, fourth from the right, poses with a group of her friends and their parasols prior to availing themselves of the restorative properties of the hot water baths. Third from the left is Anna Scanlon, who was Mary's maid of honor at her wedding in 1919. Anna can be also be seen on a visit to Mary here, and Mary appears in a family portrait here.

Pinball Wizard: 1966

Pinball Wizard: 1966

Here I am testing a ware in a hardware store. Brunswick, Georgia, 1966. Zoom in.

Buddy L: 1961

Buddy L: 1961

Modifying my first ride, Christmas 1961. View full size.

Christmas 1961

Christmas 1961

Me (Foy) on Christmas morning in Folkston, Georgia. Age 2. 1961. Full size.

Good Scout: 1914

Good Scout: 1914

"At Camp Tobin - July 19, 1914" is all that my Mother's older sister Mary wrote on the page of her photo album. He's also in a group shot with a few others in scouting-type outfits along with a bunch of teenagers in city-boy clothes, so I guess it's a Boy Scout camp. It would have to be near enough to San Francisco for Aunt Mary to have made a day trip.

Mom and Dad: 1941

Mom and Dad: 1941

Joseph and Betty Manning in Beltsville, Maryland, 1941. This is my favorite photo of my mom and dad. View full size.

Teddy Bear Collection: 1953

Teddy Bear Collection: 1953

Summer 1953. Here I am, just turned 7 and lacking the full complement of front teeth, with my teddy bears in our back yard in Larkspur, California. The big red one is Rufus, who I won at a church festival, at one of those booths with a spinning wheel and a row of numbers along the counter. Someone gave me a dime to plunk down on one and the wheel stopped on mine. They pointed to all the prizes on the shelf and asked me what I wanted. My eyes bugged out and I pointed and yelled "I want HIM!!!" There's also a Frosty the Snowman and Smokey the Bear. From a 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative.

 
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