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 mom and kids hanging out on the porch on a chilly fall afternoon. From my negatives collection. View full size.
What has Santa brought to us this day? OK I know it's not quite Christmas yet, but enjoy anyway. From my negatives collection. View full size.
A picnic at night time? Sure why not? These people are having fun. Try it yourself. From my negatives collection. View full size.
Unknown actor portraying a pirate for either film or stage. I have no info on the picture. From my negatives collection. View full size.
Statue of Puck at the Folger Shakespeare Museum in Washington, DC. Picture was dated 1955. From my negatives collection. View full size.
Parade in Port Huron Michigan, 1906
The woman smiling from the rear seat of the lead car is my great-grandmother, Katherine Saety Kaumeier. Her only child and my grandfather Erwin Louis Kaumeier is the young lad occupying the rear seat of the second car, a 1906 REO Model A. Born in August 1899, ELK would have been six years old when the shutter was tripped on that holiday early in the 20th century. The lap he's sitting on belongs to my great-grandfather, John Christian Kaumeier. JCK was an architect whose career in the building trades started when he was just 13 years old. Katherine's uncle Benjamin J. Karrer is also in the rear seat, wearing a dark hat and a serious expression. Lt. Karrer was a veteran of the American Civil War who served the Union in the 9th Michigan Volunteer Cavalry.
The identity of the other individuals in the photo is unknown, as is the precise date when this shot was taken. Based upon the flags, bunting, and foliage on the trees I'd hazard a guess that the parade was celebrating Decoration Day (now known as Memorial Day) or the Fourth of July. View full size.
One of huge pile of photos of my father's we had never seen before. My sister found them amongst a lot of his military and school documents.
I was stunned to see this, one of a number taken dockside in Bombay in 1939 when my father and grandfather sailed for the US to enroll Dad at MIT. The woman in the middle, clutching a handkerchief is Dad's mother. I don't know who is reaching for her, another relative, I expect. The little girl to the right is Dad's sister, Mehru. My father returned for only for a brief visit in 1949, and we returned in 1968 for a month. She visited him in Boston once and in Canada once. She spent the rest of her life begging him to give up his life in Canada and come back to India. View full size.