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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.

 
 
 
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Just Ridin' a Beaver

Just Ridin' a Beaver

This was taken in Eastern Montana around 1927-29. Mary, my grandmother riding the beaver, was born in 1924. Not absolutely sure of her age in the photo. Aunt Del is hanging out hamming it for the photo.

Why You Shouldn't Hold A Chicken Up To Your Face

Why You Shouldn't Hold A Chicken Up To Your Face

My great-grandpa, George Gingerich, with a favorite chicken. Seconds after this photo was taken, the chicken pecked him in the eye and he had to wear a bandage for three months (he kept his sight).

Grandma at 16

Grandma at 16

My grandma, Marian Brown (nee Gingerich), at 16. She died at age 50 in 1986 of lung cancer. This is one of my favorite photos of her. She was beautiful inside and out, and this photo really seems to capture the grace and gentleness that she always had about her.

SP Cab-Forward

SP Cab-Forward

Arriving at Union Station in Los Angeles. Southern Pacific was unique in its use of the massive cab-forward design, intended to keep crewmen cooler and awake while traversing the numerous tunnels on many of the Line's routes.

The picture is from the late 40s or early 50s.

Photographer: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

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Granny Nelson

Granny Nelson

My grandparents Ida Nelson and William Nelson circa 1908, Celina, Tennessee.

Great-Aunts

Great-Aunts

My great-aunts, the Klingeles. Four out of five sisters became nuns.

 
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