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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

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.

Snow Transport

Snow Transport

Here's my Grandpa Hermonson and his two dogs, Bob and Fido. The picture was taken on the Hermonson Farm in Poplar Grove, Illinois circa 1909.

Fountain Drinks: 1950

Fountain Drinks: 1950

A New Jersey lunch counter and soda fountain circa 1950. View full size.

Downhill Racer: 1968

Downhill Racer: 1968

Diamond Bar, California, July 1968. My niece Mary having a good time, apparently. Neighbor has a nice early-60s Ford pickup. I shot this on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

1948 Hudson Again

1948 Hudson Again

Another view of our 1948 Hudson Super Six, first seen here. Now it's parked in front of our summer place in Guernewood Park, California. Presumably this is where we were headed in the previous shot. Once again, a 2-1/4 square Ektachrome transparency. View full size.

In The Living Room

In The Living Room

Golden Valley, Minnesota, probably about 1952. My dad, my older sister and me. My dad, as you can see, used to have quite a space between his front teeth. I always loved hats...and my big sis. My mother or one of my aunts was probably the photographer.

 
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