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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Uncle Don's Basement Bar

Uncle Don's Basement Bar

Early 1960's in Crown Point, Indiana. View full size.

The Paper and a Smoke

The Paper and a Smoke

My dad around 1948, Valparaiso, Indiana. View full size.

All Dressed Up In Valparaiso

All Dressed Up In Valparaiso

Kodachrome slide. Grandma and Grandpa in Valparaiso, Indiana, around 1948. View full size.

New York World's Fair 1964

New York World's Fair 1964

My two sisters are on the left and Mom is on the right. From a Kodachrome slide. The picture says it all, I guess.

Klein's in Biloxi

Klein's in Biloxi

Opening week, 1943: Klein's Restaurant was one of the most popular spots in Biloxi, Mississippi - and remained so for the next 20 years. At the height of the postwar boom, Saturday night couples out on the town would line up on the sidewalk waiting for a table or booth – no reservations – It was strictly first come, first served. Klein's was also the first restaurant in town featuring air conditioning - a blessed relief on those sultry Summer Gulf Coast nights. The art deco styling, glass brick and stainless steel trimmed restaurant attracted locals, vacationing families and personalities. One summer night, veteran actor (and original voice of Frosty the Snowman) Billy de Wolfe stopped by. Unfortunately, it was after 10 p.m. and the place was closed for the evening! Yes, Biloxi was one of those small towns that "rolled up the sidewalks" after dark! In another 30 years, the adjoining bakery and delicatessen were demolished to make way for a new Federal Courthouse. Ironically, today that same Courthouse is empty and derelict!

Klein's Bakery Restaurant & Delicatessen

Klein's Bakery Restaurant & Delicatessen

The year is 1943. WW II is still raging. Biloxi, Mississippi, is booming thanks to Keesler Field's Army Air Corps training center. In less than 30 years the building will disappear -- consumed by an ambitious but flawed urban renewal project.

Parlor Portrait 1916

Parlor Portrait 1916

San Francisco c.1916 My mother's family and their chandelier posed for a portrait shot on a 5x7 glass plate in their home at 1834 15th St. On the floor, my mother and her twin brother Albert. Seated, John and Marie. Standing to either side, Francis and Mary. View full size.

 
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