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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Granddad and Aunt Carlyn

Granddad and Aunt Carlyn

Gorgeous picture of my grandfather and aunt, taken around 1938, likely in Detroit. My grandmother was the photographer.

Got Milk?

Got Milk?

The milk wagon of William Widule, the owner of the Sherman Park Dairy of Chicago around the turn of the century. The wagon appears freshly painted, William is neatly dressed, and it is obvious that his partner is very well cared for. I like the way the horse's ears are pricked forward and he (or she) is gazing directly at the camera.

Mom and Friend, Early 1930's

Mom and Friend, Early 1930's

My mother (seated) and a good friend. Early to mid-1930s I believe.

Mineral County Coal Miners

Mineral County Coal Miners

My great-grandfather's mining crew circa 1915 in Mineral County, West Virginia. His name was Thompson Metcalf, and he is in the front row, crouched just to the right of the coal car tracks. The young boy in front of him was my great-uncle "Metty." Thompson died in the flu epidemic of 1918. My grandfather gave me the carbide lamp that Thompson wore. It appears they all had their lamps lit for the photo. They even included the most valuable members of the crew (at least to the mine owners). Some mine owners were of the opinion that "If you lose a man, there is always another one ready to take his place, but if you lose a pony or mule, you must BUY another one". This crew worked the mines in the Beryl, West Virginia area.

Happy Easter from Germany

Happy Easter from Germany

Actual photo postcard from Germany. All writing on back done with fountain pen, and in German, of course. Sent from Else Wagner to Ella Widulle, Chicago,Il. Postmarked 1909, with 10 pfennig stamp. Very creative photographer to have a stuffed chicken in his prop inventory.

Nettie

Nettie

I acquired this photo from my grandmother. She inherited a large box of old photos of family and friends from her much older brother. On the back is written "Nettie Duckworth, Lonaconing, Md. Became Mrs. John R. Hamilton, Thursday, Sept. 4, 1902." Lovely dress and lovely young woman.

Grandma's Classroom (about 1925)

Grandma's Classroom (about 1925)

This is my grandma's classroom in Spain. She was a science teacher. She began in a primary school, and later became a university instructor.

 
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