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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 • CARNIVAL OF THE ARTS, 1937

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.

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.

 
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