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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 • ROSES BY VINCENT VAN GOGH, 1890

Before and After

Before and After

1942 Kodachrome (Andreas Feininger) before & after correction. View full size.

Goat Boy

Goat Boy

My uncle (Robert Smith) poses in a small wagon harnessed to a goat during 1926 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. An unknown traveling photographer armed with the wagon and goat must have gone from door-to-door charging a fee to take such pictures because local photo archives contain similar pictures showing different children posing with the very same wagon and goat during the 1924-1926 time period.

A leg to stand (sit?) on.

A leg to stand (sit?) on.

Some people don't have "a leg to stand on" but my uncle had one to sit on! 1931 in the Colorado mountains somewhere around Crawford. I never did get an explanation of the photo. It would be interesting to hear where the leg came from. He made good use of it anyway.

Italian-Irish Wedding, 1941

Italian-Irish Wedding, 1941

My wife's parents: Louis Donato (son of Italian immigrants) and Nancy Lowry (daughter of Irish-immigrant father and American-born Irish mother) on their wedding day. On left: Illuminato and Santina Donato; on right: Philomena and Michael Lowry. September 20, 1941, in New York City.

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Good Buddies

Good Buddies

Dad (right) and his friend Gigi (John) Gori standing outside the beer garden run by Gigi's sister Toni in downtown Wilson, PA. I believe this photograph was taken in 1939 shortly before they joined the Marine Corps in January 1940. If so, they would have been 18 years old. In the fall of 1939, Gigi and Dad decided that they would join the Army. So they made it down to the recruiting station in Pittsburgh. For some reason Gigi was not allowed in. So much for that plan until they saw a recruiting poster for the Marines. The poster showed a Marine in dress blues sitting on a horse.

Even the Bull Posed

Even the Bull Posed

This photo just cracks me up for some reason. 1934 and no name for the Bull, but picture must have been taken to sell him as a donor.

 
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