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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 • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

34 West Monteray in 1934

34 West Monteray in 1934

This house still stands at 34 West Monteray Road in Oakwood, Ohio - a suburb of Dayton. It's currently occupied by a prominent local realtor.

Superior Hoops

Superior Hoops

The Superior, Wisconsin, YMCA Men's basketball team from either 1923 or 1924. My grandfather - Floyd E. Anderson - is in the back row, far left.

Deck the Halls: 1954

Deck the Halls: 1954

Christmas 1954. My grandmother Sarah Parish Hall at home in Miami Shores, Florida. She really knew how to do Christmas. (Here's the tree.) View full size.

The Day the School Burned Down

The Day the School Burned Down

Every December 12 my grandmother would pull out the family album and we'd look at the picture of the Crawford Colorado school house that burned 12-12-12.

They heard the fire bell and all ran to where the smoke was. She said "T'weren't nothin' to do but take pictures" and that's just what they did.

Goat Boy

Goat Boy

My uncle (Robert Smith) poses in a small wagon harnessed to a goat during 1926 in La Crosse, Wisconsin. An unknown traveling photographer armed with the wagon and goat must have gone from door-to-door charging a fee to take such pictures because local photo archives contain similar pictures showing different children posing with the very same wagon and goat during the 1924-1926 time period.

A leg to stand (sit?) on.

A leg to stand (sit?) on.

Some people don't have "a leg to stand on" but my uncle had one to sit on! 1931 in the Colorado mountains somewhere around Crawford. I never did get an explanation of the photo. It would be interesting to hear where the leg came from. He made good use of it anyway.

Italian-Irish Wedding, 1941

Italian-Irish Wedding, 1941

My wife's parents: Louis Donato (son of Italian immigrants) and Nancy Lowry (daughter of Irish-immigrant father and American-born Irish mother) on their wedding day. On left: Illuminato and Santina Donato; on right: Philomena and Michael Lowry. September 20, 1941, in New York City.

 
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