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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 • UNFAIR TO BABIES, 1936

US/Soviet Meeting

US/Soviet Meeting

Cropped enlargement of an original print size 2 in. by 2 in. Inscription in fountain pen on back: "Get this enlarged. Our Lt, a Russian major, and myself. German PW camp in background." My uncle's unit was the 4th Armored Division, 51st Armored Infantry Battalion, Company A. No date. Possible location Germany or Czechoslovakia.

Just Stand There and Look at the Camera

Just Stand There and Look at the Camera

I bought this late 1930s or wartime 1940s snapshot in an antique store because I liked the composition of the photo with its curved curb and sidewalk, and all the prewar cars. View full size.

Farm to Table: 1960

Farm to Table: 1960

Amelia County, Virginia, in the early 1960s. Sunday dinner at the Miller house, with the farm of Marvin and Thelma Warriner in the background. Photo by Helen Warriner-Burke. View full size.

Biloxi: 1956

Biloxi: 1956

Tivoli Hotel, Biloxi, Mississippi, March 1956. Taken by my dad. Damage sustained from hurricane Katrina led to its being demolished in 2006. View full size.

Hot Little Number: 1958

Hot Little Number: 1958

In 1958 some relative came to visit Bert and Iva in Wausau, Wisconsin. He brought along a hot little thing that Bert just couldn't resist taking a picture of. Kudos to the first who can identify the make and model of this car. He sure looks like he's having fun, though. No tie! Crazy kids. Kodachrome from the Bert's Slides Collection. View full size.

Edsels! E-Day 1957!

Edsels!  E-Day 1957!

In the late-summer of 1957 my father ran across a trailer load of 1958 Edsels bound for their debut at a dealership somewhere in West Tennessee. I found these poorly-preserved slides in the bottom of a box of old newspapers and other junk. The ads said, "The thrill starts with the grille!" Yeah. View full size.

Bernie's Basketball Buddies: 1905

Bernie's Basketball Buddies: 1905

Bernard Burch (1889-1985), future mayor of Wadena, Minnesota, attended Saint Johns College in Collegeville, Minnesota. Bernie is second from the left. We assume these well-groomed young men are from that institution. View full size.

 
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