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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 • CARIBBEAN BY CLIPPER, c. 1950s

German Soldier on Motorcycle

German Soldier on Motorcycle

German soldier on BMW motorcycle in 1940.

Great-Uncle Claxton

Great-Uncle Claxton

My great uncle Claxton. I only knew him when he was older and had a full head of wavy gray hair. In his younger days he had jet black hair with a white stripe straight up the middle. I'm not entirely sure of the date, but it must've been in the early 30's or late 20's. Uncle Claxton had been sick and had just gone outside to warm up a bit. His youngest brother was a bit of a gadget freak and snapped this picture. I always thought it made him look very Bohemian ...

Steichen Autochromes

Autochrome portrait of a young woman thought to be Charlotte Spaulding, taken around 1908 by Edward Steichen. Made with a complex process using three hues of dyed potato starch, autochromes were glass positives viewed with a projector or mounted on a light box. Credit: George Eastman House Collection.

TWO EXAMPLES of early color photography by none other than Edward Steichen have come to light recently, the New York Times reports: "Almost as intriguing as the pictures themselves is the story of how they recently made their way from a house in Buffalo, where they apparently sat unseen for decades, to the collection of the George Eastman House in Rochester, one of the world’s leading photography museums, where they will be exhibited for the first time this fall."

Kindergarten in 1905

Kindergarten in 1905

I love this photo of my little grandma in kindergarten. She had a big name for a little girl: Jessie Arvilla Kammerdiener. This was in Carthage, Missouri, 1905.

Elmer and the Union Pacific

Elmer and the Union Pacific

In 1953, my Mom and Dad, my grandparents, and my Uncle Elmer hooked up the trailer, piled in the Ford and headed east.

Our family is genetically tied to transportation, especially railroads, so this shot of my Uncle getting back into the car is quite atypical - normally he'd have been staring the train down.

Fun shot, nonetheless. I think it is along the Columbia River, but I'm not sure.

Photo: Don Hall, Sr.

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Boulder Colorado 1916

Boulder Colorado 1916

My mother was born in 1916. This shot of the main street in Boulder Colorado shows my grandmother standing on the sidewalk, perching her hands on her swollen belly, gazing toward the Daily Camera office and the foothills of the Front Range. Photograph by Harold V. Hartsough

Don Hall
Yreka, CA

Building a new home

Building a new home

Siegen, Germany, 1956. My grandparents building their new house.

 
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