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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.

 
 
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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THE TOY DEPARTMENT, 1913

Pretty Girls

Teen Dance Party: 1950s

Teen Dance Party: 1950s

Here we see some teens at a dance party. I love the formal attire. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.

Cheek to Cheek: 1950s

Cheek to Cheek: 1950s

At the same party, the dancers from this photo continue their fun. Scanned from a Kodak safety negative. View full size.

Girls Gone Wild: 1924

Girls Gone Wild: 1924

May 7, 1924. "Three models from Washington's spring fashion show snapped at Arlington Beach." National Photo Company glass negative. View full size.

 

American Beauty: 1940

American Beauty: 1940

July 1940. "Near Shawboro, North Carolina. Group of Florida migrants on their way to Cranberry, New Jersey, to pick potatoes." Medium-format safety negative by Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration. View full size.

 

Golden Girl: 1926

Golden Girl: 1926

"Miss Marjorie Joesting, August 2, 1926." Our third look at Marjorie, a Miss Washington, D.C., who was runner-up at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City. National Photo Company Collection glass negative. View full size.

 

Mother Noreen in 1940

Mother Noreen in 1940

A beautiful photo of my mother Noreen (at 19 years old) taken in the spring of 1940. A year later she married my father John, and two years later she would accompany him to the west coast of Canada in Victoria, B.C., where my dad served as sergeant in the Canadian army. In June of 1944 I would be born out there. They returned to Fort William Ontario(now Thunder Bay) in early 1945 and my Dad was then shipped off to England for another couple of years before the whole thing was over. This is one of my favorite photos of my mother. View full size.

Dad's Two Loves

Dad's Two Loves

I can feel the love shown in this picture. The date is late 1940s, the place probably Vancouver, BC, in the yard of the I'Anson home. King Tut, their collie, was the hero of the neighborhood, as he rescued a neighbor's small dog from a "dog pack" that was picking on him. That's Dad (Tom Jr.) and Mom (Marilyn Gardner). View full size.

 
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