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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Grandparents 1943

Grandparents 1943

A 1943 photo of my grandparents at their house in Birmingham. The very weird girl standing on the porch is unknown and she gives me the creeps in this photo.

Grandmother Again

Grandmother Again

Grandmother again in 1936 with a friend in Birmingham, Alabama.

Birmingham 1936

Birmingham 1936

Downtown Birmingham, Alabama, in 1936. My young grandmother is on the right.

Shame Shame

Shame Shame

My great-grandfather in 1943. He must have been a rascal in his day. My grandmother wrote "Shame Shame Daddy" on the photo. I found some of these after she died back in 1996.

I Will Not Talk

I Will Not Talk

This whole notebook from 1925 has "I will not talk" written on every page front to back. My grandfather obviously got in trouble at school.

1950s Record Store

1950s Record Store

Interior of the Holiday Shop record and camera store at the Roeland Park Shopping Center in Roeland Park, Kansas. View full size. [A fascinating member-submitted photo. Just the thing for a Saturday night. Like a number of the commenters below, I would place the date here around 1950-51. - Dave]

Thomas Alva Edison and Mario Carrau

Thomas Alva Edison and Mario Carrau

Photo taken on December 12th, 1924 at Edison's laboratories in Llewellyn Park, West Orange, NJ.

Edison honors Mario Carrau, a young inventor from Uruguay, by receiving him on his laboratory.

"After some waiting, his assistant, Mr. Meadowcroft showed me into the library where he introduced me to Mr. Edison. We spoke about helicopters and about the architecture of Latin America and, since the great inventor was totally deaf, his assistant conveyed my words to him. Before I departed, Mr. Edison presented me with an autographed portrait. I asked for permission to see him again on the following day, on which occasion I brought with me my Kodak. I set it up on its tripod, focusing it on Mr. Edison and his assistant, and the latter then exchanged places with me and snapped the pictures setting himself the time of exposition: 4 seconds." (excerpt from Carrau's autobiography)

 
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