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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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Point at the Birdie: 1937

Point at the Birdie: 1937

My sister (at right) and her guests for her third birthday party, arrayed across the terrazzo front steps of their apartment on Ramona Ave. in San Francisco, 1937. View full size.

1923 Map: Capital Gas

1923 Map: Capital Gas

Map showing location of Capital Gasoline Station, First and Maryland Southwest. (U.S. Capitol building in lower right.)

Jack's Best Side

Jack's Best Side

1940's in Valparaiso, Indiana. Dad's working on his first car that he bought for $25. I think this is after the war but I'm sure the gearheads among us can tell us the earliest possible year based on the car in the background. The title refers to what my uncle wrote on the slide index. He was more forthcoming with the comedy than he was with dates. From a Kodachrome slide that was too dark so to get the car to show up I adjusted the heck out of the levels in Photoshop. Sorry the background colors seemed to suffer a bit.

Early 60's Tandem Crackering

Early 60's Tandem Crackering

My sisters enjoying a special bedtime snack, somewhere in Indiana. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

Son of a Son of a Son

Son of a Son of a Son

Left to Right: my grandpa, my brother, and my dad. Bass Lake, Indiana in 1962. Kodachrome slide.

Petroleum Panorama II

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Petroleum Panorama II

"Service station, First Street and Maryland Avenue." Spectacularly detailed view of a Washington, D.C., gas station in 1922. View full size. National Photo Company glass negative. Return to original image (with comments).

Human Totem Pole: 1953

Human Totem Pole: 1953

Characteristic mid-century picnic behavior, posing for the human totem pole photo. In this case, 1953, me at the top, my brother at the bottom, various friends in between. View full size.

 
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