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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

Family or Church Gathering

Family or Church Gathering

The photograph was made about 1920 in Fairfield County, Connecticut. I would like to have comments about the picture and its possible origin. I found it with my family photographs, without any identification as to the name of the group. It does not seem to be a picnic as there is no food shown. People of all ages shown. Brownie held camera shown in right front row. Men generally have shirts and ties. Church group? Maybe. - Robert Edward McKenna

A Hunter Home from the Hills

A Hunter Home from the Hills

Royal Ernest Bibbins of Bridgeport, Connecticut, ready to hunt with heavy clothing, derby, boots, dog and rifle circa 1890. I never realized my grandfather was a hunter, but here he is all set to go. - Robert Edward McKenna

Grandma's Wedding

 Grandma's Wedding

One of the only photographs of my grandmother, who died at the age of 30 in 1930. She was in her teens when she was married. My grandfather, seated on her right, is about 23. Notice the medals on the women. We do not know what they are for, perhaps a Polish custom of the time.

After the Baseball Game

After the Baseball Game

After a baseball game the Raybestos Company employee team is shown relaxing at the Brooklawn Country Club in Fairfield, Connecticut. My father, James Edward McKenna, fourth from the left in the back row, is leaning against a tree. Picture was taken about 1917. From the several smiles on their faces, I imagine that they won the game that day. - Robert Edward McKenna View full size.

Grandmother holding Dad 1943

Grandmother holding Dad 1943

Dad being held by my grandmother in the early fall of 1943 in my great-grandfather's front yard on West Main Street in Charlottesville, Virginia. Grandmother's brother and his wife are also pictured. Great-Granddad's business - the Model Steam Laundry - is in the background across the street.

Dighero Kids

Dighero Kids

This photograph is undated and the kids are unknown. It came to us from my mother-in-law and is likely some of the Dighero Family who came from Italy in the 1880s and ultimately settled in western Missouri, near Lamar.

Venkatesh in 1950 s !

Venkatesh in 1950 s !

This is from my family Album.

 
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