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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Abuelos Juan y Rosita Carlino

Abuelos Juan y Rosita Carlino

These are my grandparents Juan & Rosita Carlino. Both belonged to the first generation of my dad's family born in Argentina, after their parents came from Italy, France and Spain. In this picture, they are recently married, 1937.

Great-Grandpa & Grandma with Old Betsy

Great-Grandpa & Grandma with Old Betsy

Old Betsy is the car not the woman [wink] ... a "1908 International" according to the picture (International Harvester). My great-grandparents were farmers in Iowa.

San & Louisa Nathan, My Grandparents

San & Louisa Nathan, My Grandparents

This studio portrait of my grandparents and two of their children was taken in Romania around 1903, shortly before they came to the United States. The girl held by Sam died soon afterwards. The other girl was my aunt and lived to 90, becoming a great-grandmother. Sam was a tinsmith for most of his life.

The Babe in Uniform: 1924

The Babe in Uniform: 1924

I have been "wondering" [wandering?] through the National Photo Collection at the LOC (looking for an idea for my next project) and came across this one... The Babe and General Geroge Pershing ... Also, a thought on National Photo ... I have GOT to get a hold of a Washington DC social register ... or some great source of scoiety new from the early 1900s ... my gosh ... there are interesting photos in the collection, the bulk of which really seem to be the "who's who" of that era.

Dale

Great Grandpa Moore

Great Grandpa Moore

My great-grandfather Linton B. Moore was very proud of his "silver" flute. So proud, he had his formal portrait taken while holding it. I'd estimate this photo as being taken around 1910, most likely in southern California.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Mom: 1942

Mom: 1942

My mother in North Carolina during WWII. I believe this was taken in the spring of 1942 somewhere near Camp Lejeune, where my father was stationed prior to shipping out to the South Pacific. They were married that February in Dillion, S.C. Looks like Mom was wearing some type of work uniform.

Great-Granddad

Great-Granddad

Charles G. Prossig, my great-great maternal grandfather. Born in Germany in 1829, he migrated to the US in 1849 and fought in the Civil War. He left two journals he kept during the war (including the battle at Gettysburg), his enlistment papers, military papers, discharge papers, an autobiography and an article in an IL paper about himself all which I have in my possession. He was married after the war and had six children, four of whom died young. My great-great grandmother died having the last child, which died that day also.

 
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