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:
A shot my Dad took in Bedford, Quebec, during a late 1950s winter. Here he's hired a friend with a farm tractor and chains to plow out one of the bigger dumps from our laneway. If I'm not mistaken, the "plow" appears to be a 1 x 12 piece of wood. View full size.
My grandmother Ollie and grandfather Tom Warden (right) with my great-grandfather, Jim Warden, probably in the early 1930s. View full size.
The view from the veranda of Mount Vernon, restored to resemble its condition at the time of George Washington's residency. Photographer Frank Burch was facing the southwest as he took this image in 1952, perhaps in mid-March? While in this image it blends seamlessly with the overcast, the Potomac River meanders across the horizon. View full size.
Hey buddy just take the picture already. Can't you see we are busy doing road repairs. (?) from my negatives collection. View full size.
Unknown location, but a pretty big bridge. Any guesses where this is/was? From my negatives collection. View full size.
This is my grandfather, Ewart Russell (1907-1996) shortly after coming to the U.S. in 1952 to work at the British Embassy in Washington, DC. The '48 Chrysler was his. It apparently had some sort of semi-automatic clutchless transmission. I have no backstory for this image, which is a shame, given the character with the raised hammer lurking up in the rear. View full size.