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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 • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Offense: Escape From The London Stockade

Offense: Escape From The London Stockade

Burglary, 2nd Degree

Burglary, 2nd Degree

In 1912, second degree burglary got you 3 years.

Inuit Family Portrait

Inuit Family Portrait

Notice that the snow goes all the way up toward the top of the window or door frame in the background.

Hurry Up and Take The Picture!

Hurry Up and Take The Picture!

Awww. C'mon! That puppy's yawning! And that one's falling off the box! How can you not go 'awww'? Here--download this photo and use it as your desktop wallpaper at the office--it's a much cooler version of that "puppies-in-a-basket" wallpaper that came with your computer.

Homemade Icecream

Homemade Icecream

July 1955 - Cordova, Alabama. My grandmother, Bessie Johnson, makes homemade ice cream for the kids. That's my dad, Sam Johnson, grinning from ear to ear standing on the chair in the background. That's uncle Gene in the front and Aunt Betty on the far left.

tterrace Then and Now

tterrace Then and Now

1955 and 2002 (OK, so it's not quite "now"). A gag shot my brother and I arranged with an empty beer can found nearby, and a reenactment shot by my sister 47 years later. The building is the shell of the c. 1894 Limerick Inn in Larkspur, California. View full size.

College on Fire: 1963

College on Fire: 1963

December 16, 1963. Fire destroys the old gymnasium at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. Arson suspected. The building had already been condemned for public assembly and was scheduled for demolition. In a way, the beginning of the end of the mission revival architecture of this institution, of which nothing remains on the present campus. Also: 1960 Thunderbird; vintage Van Pelt fire engine, but I can't identify the original truck make. Plus a really vintage, even for 1963, pedestrian signal at the extreme left. 35mm Kodachrome. View full size.

 
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