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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 • SUMMER IN ITALY, 1951

Brand New Steamer: 1935

Brand New Steamer: 1935

Just days off the erecting floor at Lima Locomotive, Chesapeake and Ohio 4-8-4 Greenbrier type #604 poses for a company publicity photo. The Greenbriers were used in passenger service over the Appalachians from Hinton WV to Charlottesville, Richmond, and Newport News VA. Each of the four original Greenbriers were named after a prominent Virginia statesman. 604 was the Edward Randolph. She's so shiny you could shave in the reflection off the boiler jacket. Unfortunately, she'll never be this clean again!

Grandma Agnes

Grandma Agnes

Grandma Agnes in a "courting wagon," photographed by my grandfather in the early 1920s, possibly the day he proposed.

Circa 1880's George Hill and Lulu Kate (Vogel) Denniston

Circa 1880's George Hill and Lulu Kate (Vogel) Denniston

This image was taken around the time of their marriage.

Adelind Reinfleisch

Adelind Reinfleisch

Adelind Reinfleisch, my great grandmother. Taken some time between 1900 and 1915 in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Reinfleisch Women

The Reinfleisch Women

This is a portrait of the Reinfleisch women (family from my mother's side) believed to be taken either after arriving or shortly before departing from the homestead in Michigan. Date uncertain. The woman in black is almost definitely Beate Reinfleisch, my great-great grandmother, who lost her husband and second son there.

Uncle Charlie: 1949

Uncle Charlie: 1949

My dad's brother Charlie on a 1949 cruise to the Bahamas in the sailboat they built. View full size. 35mm Kodachrome by Marvin Hall.

 

Christmas in Miami: 1954

Christmas in Miami: 1954

"Christmas 1954." My grandmother in her living room in Miami Shores four years before I was born. She made the mantel decoration, which saw service for many years, with Brazilian pepper berries from a big tree in the backyard, mixed with pine cones, all attached to a chicken wire frame. Grandmother, handy with a needle and thread, also made the curtains herself. She was, needless to say, big on Christmas. Scanned from a 35mm Kodachrome slide. View full size.

 
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