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.
My great-grandmother Pietertje Thedinga, picture taken at the end of the 19th century in Haarlem, The Netherlands, by Berend Zweers it seems. She was a seamstress and a very pretty girl indeed. She lived to be 96 and passed away when I was 11.
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