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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

A Swingin' Good Time

A Swingin' Good Time

This is me on a swing at a motel in either Maryland or Delaware sometime in the mid-1970s. It was likely taken by my father, whose shadow appears in the photo, too. I really like this photo -- the sun, the motel architecture (is that an oxymoron?), the photographer's shadow, and especially the red and white pool umbrella. Doesn't it all just scream 1970s? View full size.

Gehrig and Grandfather - Mid 1930's

Gehrig and Grandfather - Mid 1930's

A publicity photo of the Iron Horse, Lou Gehrig, with my grandfather Earl Harper, a broadcaster with WNEW New York in the 1930s. My grandfather died when I was way too young to know him, but I treasure this family memento and only wished I could have heard his many stories about those days in baseball history! View full size.

How to Stand on Your Head

How to Stand on Your Head

Method 1: Make use of your poise, balance and coordination.
Method 2: Lacking any of those, make use of your big sister.
A pair of Kodachromes shot by my brother on our lawn in 1955. View full size.

Our New Car: 1956

Our New Car: 1956

One early September morning in 1956, my father pilots our brand new Hudson Rambler from its docking bay preparatory to its maiden voyage. Yes, I said Hudson Rambler. The distinctive front end was patterned after that of the Pinin Farina-designed Nash-Healey sports car. View full size.

The Barham family, circa 1905

The Barham family, circa 1905

Newt Barham, Pawnee Lee Barham (my grandfather), Hattie Barham and Sue Barham, probably taken in Booneville, Arkansas circa 1905.

Summer 1968

Summer 1968

My beautiful Mom a few months after graduating High School in 1968, hanging out by the pool in Redford, Mich.

Belle Isle 1940

Belle Isle 1940

Mary (Marianna) Zmuda and Arnold Zehnder, Mary (Hedwigis) Zmuda and Norman Ouellette enjoying a fall afternoon on Detroit's Belle Isle. This picture is in 1940, around 2 years before the pairs wed.

 
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