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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 • THE NEW ZEALAND FOREST, c. 1950

Joseph Straka Beer Hall

Joseph Straka Beer Hall

Beer delivery to Joseph Straka Beer Hall, Milwaukee, WI. Photo taken in the 1890's. Man in apron, Joseph Straka. In doorway to the right Josephine Straka, his wife and one of their children. Assume the man standing near the front of the sidewalk is the wagon driver. This building still stands on Washington Street. The Strakas are my great grandparents, they lived in the upper story of this building.

Your mother as a little girl, Esther

Your mother as a little girl, Esther

I found this nicely preserved little picture while scanning photos from some old family albums. The print is emulsion mounted on cardboard. There's no date or any other information about when or where the photo was taken. The only clue as to identity is a rather shakily written note on the back: "Your mother as a little girl, Esther."

Verdon Nebraska Class Picture

Verdon Nebraska Class Picture

This is a class photo from Verdon, Nebraska. My grandmother Muriel is front row, second from the right.

Nitshill Scotland

Nitshill Scotland

This is the only photograph my family has of Nitshill Scotland; the birthplace of my great-grandfather. The Taylor family lived above the Pub. This would have been around 1900.

Sante Fe in San Diego

Sante Fe in San Diego

A Sante Fe E1A serves as a backdrop for my Mom and my sister in San Diego in July of 1949. One of the first diesels that Sante Fe purchased, the locomotive was already 11 years old at the time of this picture.

Photographer: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall

William & Mary Strong c1880

William & Mary Strong c1880

William & Mary Strong, circa 1880, rural Douglas County Missouri.

1904 Tap Room, San Francisco, California

1904 Tap Room, San Francisco, California

A San Francisco taproom in 1904. View full size.

 
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