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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

4th Grade School Picture

4th Grade School Picture

Margery when she was 10 years old, 4th grade school picture in 1932, Tupelo Grammar School, Tupelo, Mississippi. She lived a block from the school and was involved in everything. Tupelo was a great place to grow up.

Photo Booth #2

Photo Booth #2

Great Uncle Walt, 1930's, Detroit. The brother my grandma remembered she had.

Photo Booth

Photo Booth

My grandmother Mary (Left) and her sister Marianne in Detroit, sometime in the 1930's. My grandma, her sister and brother Walt were put up for adoption when they were very young. When my grandma was around 15 or 16 she remembered she had a sister and went looking for her. This picture is around the time they found each other, taken in a photo booth downtown Detroit. After some reminiscing they remembered they had a brother. The three had one of the closest bonds between siblings I have ever seen.

Their names are so similar because my grandma's name was changed from Hedwigis when she was adopted. She likes Mary better.

Old Gold Cigarette 1956

Old Gold Cigarette 1956

Old Gold Cigarette Promotional Girls. 1956.

Lunch on the Pennsy RR

Lunch on the Pennsy RR

Pennsylvania Railroad Dining Car 1940's. View full size.

Street Corner Newark, New Jersey c. 1930

Street Corner Newark, New Jersey c. 1930

Street Corner Newark, NJ c. 1930. View full size.

Newark Airport 1940

Newark Airport 1940

Newark Airport in 1940 as photographed by Leslie Zirkelbach of Bloomfield, New Jersey. United Airlines. View full size.

 
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