Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.
Vintage photos of:
Montague H. Roberts, original driver from Times Square, of Thomas Flyer in the New York-Paris Race of 1908 (he steered the car to Cheyenne, Wyoming -- had to leave for prior race commitment) seen here in later years, second from left. He was instrumental in the invention of the "Franklin Booster," shown here, a device that assisted locomotives in climbing steep grades. He was the grandfather of my wife, Cindi.
I feel this image is appropriate for my first official Shorpy "Jump the Shark" submission. Me, my father and brother (in the car) at Knott's Berry Farm, August 1964. Shot on 35mm Montgomery Ward brand slide film. View full size.