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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

Pittston, PA. c.1940

Pittston, PA.  c.1940

Pittston PA. C.1940

The Irvington

The Irvington

Written on the back: "This is Yours Truly. The winding steps lead up to our apt. A beautiful building. Shrubry (sic) in the center and winding steps on both sides. 'The Irvington' - this apartment is the background for many pictures."

Away We Go

Away We Go

A mysterious group turns their collective back on the photographer. Probably late 1890s-early 1900s.

Dog Bath

Dog Bath

Another slice of life from the 30's-40's. Found snapshot.

Zelma

Zelma

My great-grandmother Zelma Josephine Rudes. As you might guess from this photo, she was quite a character. It's quite difficult to track down information about her because she went by several different names. Jo, Josephine, Zelma, Mary (?)...just whatever she felt like calling herself... I think we would have gotten along well.

Fort Sam Houston

Fort Sam Houston

My great-grandfather George Rudes (center), fire chief at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas, during the late 20's and early 1930s (I believe).

Great-Great Grandfather WWI

Great-Great Grandfather WWI

My great-great grandfather Fordyce in his WWI uniform. I don't really know much about him, he was a pretty mysterious guy. It's a well-known family fact that he rode with Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders, but I haven't been able to locate proof of that yet.

 
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