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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE

Horse, wagon and dog

Horse, wagon and dog

My great-grandfather showing off his wagon in a three-generation photo near Wilcox, Nebraska.

Mechanical Nightmare

Mechanical Nightmare

Chesapeake & Ohio M-1 steam turbine 502 at Cincinnati on July 2, 1949. These coal-fired turbine locomotives were complete failures in passenger service despite their impressive size and complexity. Built in 1947 by Baldwin Locomotive for exorbitant prices, all three were retired by 1950. Color of this engine, in case you're wondering, was yellow-orange up top with gray beneath, with dark blue lettering and trim. View full size.

Man and Wife at Unknown House

Man and Wife at Unknown House

This was in a pile of negatives I inherited. Notice the stockings around her ankles.

Flanagan Home

Flanagan Home

June 1942. Flanagan home at Garth in Alabama's historic Paint Rock Valley. Color transparency by Wendell Page. View full size.

Patrick Lumber Company

Patrick Lumber Company

Scottsboro, Alabama, June 1942. Color transparency by Wendell Page. Camera believed to be an Argus Model A belonging to Mr. Page's college professor. View full size.

Wedding 1947

Wedding 1947

Darrol and Betty Hackney getting married in Wichita, Kansas, in 1947. Darrol and Betty are in the group photo "School Days" as children. Betty said she almost called off the wedding because Darrol was an hour late for the rehearsal, he had been playing softball.

Family cares (Cuidados de familia)

Family cares (Cuidados de familia)

Stereo pair, Strohmeyer & Wyman; New York, c 1880

 
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