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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 • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Miss Jennie Quigley

Miss Jennie Quigley

Miss Jennie Quigley. Height 28 inches, weight 32 pounds, taken when she was in her late teens. Photographer W.S. Manning (Successor to A.P Walcott), No. 58 Chatham St., New York.

Stewart's Root Beer Stand, 1940

Stewart's Root Beer Stand, 1940

My Aunt Doris Bonham at age 15, the fifth girl from the left. The location on Kanawha Boulevard East in Charleston, West Virginia, would later become the second Shoney's restaurant, now one of the largest chains in the U.S. Old company photo.

Native Americans

Native Americans

This photo was given to me by a friend. American Indians. Curious as to what tribe they are members of.

Britt, Iowa 1888

Britt, Iowa 1888

We found this picture in the attic of our 125 year old home in Britt, Iowa. As close as we can figure out, this was taken in early 1888. This picture is looking northwest in the middle of Center Street and Main Street. The right half of this building still stands today. There was a fire in the left part in 1917 and a new bank was built in its place. The upper floor of the original building was a dance studio. Britt became an official city in 1888, so I would presume that the picture was taken for the opening of the new Citizens Bank that only lasted for about 6 months. Brrrrr...lots of snow. Also, I see no telephone lines.

Johann Korssen

Johann Korssen

My grandfather in Bremen, Germany, probably in the early 1930s. He might be around 25 or 26. He was born in 1907 and passed away in 1993. Shipyard worker at AG Weser during WW2. Built U-boats there. He spoke with a heavy northern German dialect.

Jesse Clinton Parker

Jesse Clinton Parker

Jesse Clinton Parker (1870-1935) at the back of his lot in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, 1912. He was postmaster in that town and lived on Church Street.

At the Beach

At the Beach

Me (in front) and friends.

 
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