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.
Vintage photos of:
April 5, 1939. Washington, D.C. "Children of the Secretary of War and Mrs. Harry H. Woodring were given a preview of what to expect from the Easter Bunny on Sunday. The children, Cooper, Melissa and Marcus Coolidge, are expected to roll their eggs at the White House on Easter Monday." View full size.
This photograph was taken Easter Sunday, April 9th, 1944 aboard the USS Duane. This photograph was scanned from my grandfather John "Jack" Baker's Warbook. If you look closely, you will see a cross at the bow of the boat, behind a chaplain reading from a bible. I find this photograph particularly beautiful, with the sun rising between the clouds across the front of the ship. There is a stark contrast between the peacefulness of the men reading, and the reality of the massive guns pointed above their heads. This photograph wasn't marked, but it was likely taken by Dale Rooks. There are no identifiable men in the photograph. View full size.
The little man in the nicely-pressed pants on Easter Sunday is me. Given the state of our lawn, you can see how hiding eggs in it was a snap. View full size.