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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Caution: Sharp Car

Caution: Sharp Car

1962. It seems that parking places in Carmel, California were not designed with 1960 Cadillacs in mind. Lethal-looking enough to be giving my brother, mother and father second thoughts about jaywalking. 35mm Perutz slide. View full size.

If I Were A Rich Man 1972

If I Were A Rich Man 1972

Dad as Tevye in the Fulton County Players production of Fiddler on the Roof. Kodachrome slide.

Hollywood Blvd.: 1963

Hollywood Blvd.: 1963

August 1963, Hollywood Boulevard. On "The Walk of Fame." My brother, standing down the block in the vicinity of the '61 Chevy, holds a bag of records, so we've just come out of Phil Harris Records on the left. No relation that I've been able to determine, but a notable Hollywood establishment nevertheless. Another is down the street: Frederick's. Nearest star is for early Hollywood pioneer Thomas Ince, a name definitely worth a Google. View full size.

Miamiamiami: 1960s

Miamiamiami: 1960s

Miami triple exposure. Early 60's Kodachrome. View full size.

The Decade of Hair

The Decade of Hair

We tend to think of the 1960s as the dawn of hair, which it was, but the 70s is when it went mainstream. Me and my brother in January 1974. It was also the decade of alternative pants, you'll notice. Got my trusty camera bag slung on my shoulder. 35mm Kodachrome. View Big Hair.

Meat Market: 1943

Meat Market: 1943

March 1943. Washington, D.C. Meat rationing at the A&P. "Harold Rowe, Office of Price Administration food rationing chief, sells meat to girl reporter at shopping preview of new program." View full size. Print of a photo by Alfred Palmer, Office of War Information. [Thanks to John D. for this sharp scan. - Dave]

Heeeeey, Batter Batter

Heeeeey, Batter Batter

"Santa Baby 1963" now in the early 1970's in Rochester, Indiana. Kodachrome. View full size.

 
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