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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

All Weather Mother, Summer

All Weather Mother, Summer

Kodachrome from the 50's. My Uncle Steve took a lot of pictures of his mother.

Musical Chair

Musical Chair

Two of my friends go for gold in the basement in Rochester, Indiana around 1974 for my birthday party. Mom made the wall-to-wall carpeting out of rug samples.

Huck and Friends: 1960

Huck and Friends: 1960

Approximately 1960 in Baytown, Texas. My sister Althea Racca and our brothers Faron Racca (bike) and James Racca (Huckleberry Hound).

Hot Wheels and Krazy Kar, Christmas: 1968

Hot Wheels and Krazy Kar, Christmas: 1968

Louisville, 1968. Remember the Christmas morning frenzy? I do. My sister and I have just scored two of the primo toys of the late 60's: the Hot Wheels Super Charger set for me, and the Krazy Kar for her.

(update: my sister tells me that it's a Krazy Kar, not a Big Wheel.)

Montague Roberts

Montague Roberts

Montague H. Roberts, original driver from Times Square, of Thomas Flyer in the New York-Paris Race of 1908 (he steered the car to Cheyenne, Wyoming -- had to leave for prior race commitment) seen here in later years, second from left. He was instrumental in the invention of the "Franklin Booster," shown here, a device that assisted locomotives in climbing steep grades. He was the grandfather of my wife, Cindi.

Knott's Berry Farm: 1964

Knott's Berry Farm: 1964

I feel this image is appropriate for my first official Shorpy "Jump the Shark" submission. Me, my father and brother (in the car) at Knott's Berry Farm, August 1964. Shot on 35mm Montgomery Ward brand slide film. View full size.

Mud: In Color

Mud: In Color

The living room of our summer house in Guernewood Park, California, after the flood of December, 1955. Back then, this stuff was all considered junky enough for a summer cabin, but they'd be antiques today, particularly the Morris chair in the foreground. The porch swing had been brought inside for winter storage. This was definitely one of those world-of-reality crashes into world-of-childhood events for the 9 year-old me. I shot this on 2-1/4 square Kodacolor.

There's an exterior shot of the flood aftermath in the comments here.

 
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