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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 • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

Uncle Harlan

Uncle Harlan

My Uncle Harlan and his sister-in-law in downtown Knoxville, Tennessee, 1930s. A well dressed pair. View full size.

Boys on a Car

Boys on a Car

A cute shot of my great uncle and pals on someone's car in front of Coalfield High in Coalfield, Tennessee. View full size.

May Day Queen

May Day Queen

A shot of the 1950's May Day Queen- my mom. She looks like a little Audrey Hepburn. View full size.

Mom in a Swing Coat

Mom in a Swing Coat

Mom in a swing coat and little hat, 1960s.

George and Claude: c.1920

George and Claude: c.1920

George Washington "Wash" Robertson and his brother Claude, Southern Oklahoma, c.1920. View full size.

Just Married: 1928

Just Married: 1928

This is a picture my grandparents, Arthur Loren Lear and Mercedes (Loveless) Lear, had done shortly after they were married in 1928 in Kokomo, IN. They went on to be married for more than 60 years when my grandpa passed away. My grandmother died just a few months later. They raised six children, all of whom went to college and went on to be very successful. I was in high school when they passed away and I miss them still.

Bedford Sweaters, late 1950s

Bedford Sweaters, late 1950s

Here're my brothers and me, late 1950s Bedford Quebec, wearing sweaters that my aunt knitted for us. They were amazingly warm (were they wool?) and she put a lot of work into them. I'm on the left, in the now-cringe worthy "Indian on the warpath"-themed motif. View full size.

 
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