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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 • SYPHILIS ... SIX OUT OF TEN CURED, 1941

Christmas 1961

Christmas 1961

Me (Foy) on Christmas morning in Folkston, Georgia. Age 2. 1961. Full size.

Good Scout: 1914

Good Scout: 1914

"At Camp Tobin - July 19, 1914" is all that my Mother's older sister Mary wrote on the page of her photo album. He's also in a group shot with a few others in scouting-type outfits along with a bunch of teenagers in city-boy clothes, so I guess it's a Boy Scout camp. It would have to be near enough to San Francisco for Aunt Mary to have made a day trip.

Mom and Dad: 1941

Mom and Dad: 1941

Joseph and Betty Manning in Beltsville, Maryland, 1941. This is my favorite photo of my mom and dad. View full size.

Teddy Bear Collection: 1953

Teddy Bear Collection: 1953

Summer 1953. Here I am, just turned 7 and lacking the full complement of front teeth, with my teddy bears in our back yard in Larkspur, California. The big red one is Rufus, who I won at a church festival, at one of those booths with a spinning wheel and a row of numbers along the counter. Someone gave me a dime to plunk down on one and the wheel stopped on mine. They pointed to all the prizes on the shelf and asked me what I wanted. My eyes bugged out and I pointed and yelled "I want HIM!!!" There's also a Frosty the Snowman and Smokey the Bear. From a 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative.

Seals Stadium: 1953

Seals Stadium: 1953

Seals Stadium, San Francisco, August 1953. My sister (third gal from left) and her friends at the ballpark to watch the San Francisco Seals play. Five years later the Giants came to town, and in 1959 Seals Stadium was demolished. From a 2-1/4 square Kodacolor negative. View full size.

Christmas Clean Sweep: 1961

Christmas Clean Sweep: 1961

Little boys in the 60s seemed to have an obsession with floor sweeping implements, if recent Shorpy submissions are any indication. This is my nephew Jimmy, on a Christmas 1961 visit to our home in Larkspur, California. 127 Ektachrome slide.

1952 Honor Society Trip to DC

1952 Honor Society Trip to DC

Senior students from P. S. du Pont HS in Wilmington DE in 1952 during their Honor Society trip to Washington DC. From left to right, Robert J. Wilson, John Mayfield (partly hidden), Nancy Wittenberg and Karl M. Buretz. Photographer: John Strassburger

 
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