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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.

 
 
 
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Richmond-San Rafael Bridge 1955

Richmond-San Rafael Bridge 1955

The Richmond-San Rafael bridge on San Francisco Bay under construction, November 30, 1955. Shot by my brother on 35mm Kodachrome from a car ferry heading east toward Richmond. Smoke at left is from a San Rafael-bound ferry passing out of camera range to the north. View full size.

De Luxe Groceteria

De Luxe Groceteria

My father in his store, the De Luxe Groceteria, at 494 14th St. in San Francisco, sometime during WWII. This was a neighborhood grocery, but similar in size to the Skaggs Safeway stores he worked in and later managed in San Francisco during the 1920s-1930s. Here's a photo just after he opened in 1934. View full size.

Domestic Oil Production

Domestic Oil Production

Near Los Angeles, November 1956. Photographed by my brother on 35mm Kodachrome. View full size. Attention period filmmakers: center stripes on California highways were white in the 1950s, not yellow.

Family Excursion 1919

Family Excursion 1919

Members of my mother's family in Merced Falls, California, on an excursion from their home in San Francisco. Their family car is a 1914 Hudson 6-54. Standing on the running board, my mother and her twin brother Albert, with her older brother Francis and mother Marie standing at the right. Her father John is in the car, barely visible behind the windshield; oldest brother Jack drove, but isn't in this shot. Anna, a family friend, is seated on the running board. They're visiting my mother's older sister Mary, who had recently wed and moved to Merced Falls. View full size.

Family archives date this trip in the summer of 1919, although there's a 1920 license plate; I'm not sure how they were issued back then.

Some of these folks are also seen in a 1916 family portrait.

Scanned from original 2-1/2 X 4-1/4 116 roll film negative.

My Aunt, Early 1950s

My Aunt, Early 1950s

An early 1950s photo of my aunt playing with her fella in Georgetown, S.C. There was widespread poverty in South Carolina well into the 1960's.

Panama Limited

Panama Limited

Circa 1910 postcard showing the dining car galley on the famous Panama Limited, an all-Pullman passenger train operated by the Illinois Central Railroad between Chicago and New Orleans. From my collection.

Great Aunt Clifton

Great Aunt Clifton

Great Aunt Clifton in 1944 sticking her tongue out at my grandfather, the picture-taker. She unfortunately died weeks after this photo was taken.

 
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