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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 • STAY ONE JUMP AHEAD OF TROUBLE, 1945

Nash Wash: 1955

Nash Wash: 1955

In the spring of 1955, Bert and Iva's son George brought his new wife, Arax, and their 1948 Nash Ambassador home to 1022 S. 8th Street in Wausau, Wisconsin. Wonder if she also washed Bert's Hudson in the background? Kodachrome slide. Part of the Bert's Slides Collection. (Bert loved cars.) View full size.

Calm Before the Quake: 1961

Calm Before the Quake: 1961

Seward, Alaska, 1961. This image shows Fifth Avenue as viewed from the Alaska Rail depot. A surprising number of these structures would survive the Good Friday 1964 earthquake, which caused a massive refinery fire and tsunami as well. The Alaska Rail right-of-way was subsequently realigned. The little rail depot (behind the photographer) survived to be rehabilitated for other purposes. Scanned Ektachrome slide from the Frank Burch photo collection. View full size.

Redhead Posse: 1956

Redhead Posse: 1956

Bert and Iva are on the road visiting relatives. In 1956 they visited this red-headed posse in Nebraska. Stick 'em up, pardner. 35mm Kodachrome from the Bert's Slides Collection. View full size.

Trailer Life: 1950s

Trailer Life: 1950s

My good friend and former neighbor Jim and his wife Lois in their trailer home in the early 1950s, when he was stationed in Florida as a radioman in the Navy. He loved motorcycles, hot rods, music, cats, exotic birds, and most of all people. Talking to him was guaranteed to make you smile. Godspeed Jim! View full size.

Giessen, Germany c.1952

Giessen, Germany c.1952

I don't know the location. Perhaps Shorpy readers can pinpoint it. My dad was in the US Army, stationed in Germany in the early 1950s. He bought a great Agfa Karat 35mm camera and left me some beautiful slides. Another of his photos is on Shorpy here. View full size.

UPDATE: Thank you PLA and bobstothfang, for the location!

Galveston Ferry: 1960

Galveston Ferry: 1960

Another Galveston-related photo taken by my father in Nov. 1960. View full size.

Shabby Greek Again

Shabby Greek Again

Picture is of the same house as "Shabby Greek: 1939", taken about 2 years later by my parents. View full size.

 
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