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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

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.

They Got Me: 1955

They Got Me: 1955

1955 was the height of Davy Crockett mania, and while I never got a coonskin cap, I was as wrapped up in it as most kids of the time, hence the "Dying at the Alamo" concept of this shot. Didn't have any arrows, so I had to improvise with that twig. My eye patch, which I was forced to wear in an unsuccessful attempt to deal with my "lazy eye" condition, sort of adds to the effect. (It was unsuccessful because I kept cheating by peeling it up so I could read my comic books.) I think that was an official Boy Scout canteen, but I don't know where we got it, since neither of us were in the Scouts. Sharp-eyed camera bugs will notice my brother used fill flash with this Kodachrome; he'd borrowed or rented a fancy electronic flash unit.

Tommy Bartlett's Show No. 3

Tommy Bartlett's Show No. 3

Tommy Bartlett's waterskiing show at Wisconsin Dells. This picture is my favorite of the three, and it's the one that breaks one of the first rules of photography--don't take a picture into the sun. Taken by my father, Everett Harding, July 1953. Scanned from Kodachrome transparency.

Tommy Bartlett's Show No. 2

Tommy Bartlett's Show No. 2

Tommy Bartlett's waterskiing show at Wisconsin Dells. Taken by my father, Everett Harding, July 1953. Scanned from Kodachrome transparency.

Tommy Bartlett's Show

Tommy Bartlett's Show

The Tommy Bartlett waterskiing show at Wisconsin Dells. Taken by my father, Everett Harding, July 1953. Image scanned from Kodachrome transparency.

Fourth of July: 1954

Fourth of July: 1954

Crowd on Bradford Beach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Picture taken by my father, Everett Harding, on Fourth of July weekend 1954. Scanned from a Kodachrome transparency. View full size.

 
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