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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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Watch the Birdie: 1955

Watch the Birdie: 1955

One of my brother's high school classmates. With his Rolleicord, cable release, tripod, light meter and box of Sylvania Superflash flashbulbs, he's obvioulsly the school's go-to guy for photography. The white thing hanging on the tripod is a program for the senior play, "George Washington Slept Here," and he's here in the gym/auditorium to shoot a dress rehearsal. So's my brother, unofficially, with a roll of Ektachrome in his camera. This is a double-exposure, first shot without flash, explaining the phantom images around the bulbs and on the flash unit mount. Doesn't explain why there's a roll of Life Savers in the flash unit, though. Does add a little color interest to it, however. Oh, and I love his clothes, seriously. View full size.

Molder 1950's

Molder 1950's

My father Carmen in the early 1950's at his station in a iron foundry. The foundry was in Philadelphia.

College of Cars

College of Cars

Back in October 1956, my brother shot this Ektachrome slide to show the construction of the new Engineering Building at Cal Poly, and a student parking lot just happened to be in the foreground. Today it looks like a vintage car rally. For extra points: spot the Corvette. View full size.

Parking Implications of Nuclear War

Parking Implications of Nuclear War

This juxtaposition of signs at Marin County's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Civic Center provided me with a Kodachrome moment in 1967.

Ektachrome: Then and Now

Ektachrome: Then and Now

On the left, a general idea of what this 35mm Ektachrome slide looked like shortly after my brother shot it in July 1956. On the right, what it really looks like today. Luckily, Ektachrome's fading is pretty uniform and restricted to one color, so in most cases a well-exposed shot can be corrected to yield something acceptable. Over- and under-exposures are more of a problem.

This is the Blue Rock at the corner of Magnolia & Ward in downtown Larkspur, California. In it is one of the three bars. Also: a very nice 1946ish Plymouth convertible, and in the foreground, the front end of a Nash Metropolitan. View full size.

College Photo Contest, 1955

College Photo Contest, 1955

It was my last day of college at the U. of Missouri Journalism School, 1973. A photography professor asked me to haul away entries in the annual university student photo contest from 1955. I couldn't see throwing this one in the trash.

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976

The Dawn of Video Games: 1976

My nephew David and Pong, December 25, 1976. Man, lookit them graphics! From my underexposed Kodachrome slide.

 
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