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Our holdings include hundreds of glass and film negatives/transparencies that we've scanned ourselves; in addition, many other photos on this site were extracted from reference images (high-resolution tiffs) in the Library of Congress research archive. (To query the database click here.) They are adjusted, restored and reworked by your webmaster in accordance with his aesthetic sensibilities before being downsized and turned into the jpegs you see here. All of these images (including "derivative works") are protected by copyright laws of the United States and other jurisdictions and may not be sold, reproduced or otherwise used for commercial purposes without permission.

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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • CANADA WELCOMES U.S. CITIZENS, c. 1940

Florida Gatormobile: 1922

Florida Gatormobile: 1922

South Trimble and Buddie Allan of Kentucky riding the Florida Gatormobile 1922 Model in Miami, Florida.

Ella and Amos: 1902

Ella and Amos: 1902

The back of the photograph reads "Ella + Amos May 24 1902." The front is stamped in the lower right corner: "Wint, 629 Hamilton St. Allentown PA." Photographed by Robert W. Wint, president of the Lehigh Valley Section No. 7 Professional Photographers Society.

Deep South: 1969

Deep South: 1969

This snapshot was taken on a family trip to Florida in July 1969. I believe the transportation and accommodations from Ohio were a yellow Rambler Rebel wagon and an Apache pop up camper. With no air conditioning, of course.

Toronto: 1952

Toronto: 1952

This is from my Dad's black and white prints. My older brothers and I are in the back yard of my grandparent's home on Fern Avenue in Toronto, 1952. I'm the guy in front seemingly intent on breaking loose. I had a reputation for running away from home when I was a preschooler, always ending up at a friend of the family a few blocks away. Dad resorted to putting a hook high on our wooden screen door so I wouldn't bolt.

Peanut Butter TV Time: 1957

Peanut Butter TV Time: 1957

One of the things my mother did to give herself some child-free time was park me in front of the television with a shot glass of Skippy peanut butter and a spoon. On this day she seems to have given me the whole jar (which might have been nearly empty). She would then pick an appropriate program to keep me interested, and go about cooking, painting watercolor or whatever she wanted to do.

Here you see, in addition to our RCA TV, the RCA 6JM2 45 player that my father gave me for my third birthday. Unlike the typical children’s 45 player (such as the Ding Dong Schoolhouse edition), which had a built in speaker, my father chose a non-speaker version, and hooked it up using the TV’s sound system. To turn it on you turned the power knob for the television in the opposite direction from the way you turned on the TV to watch the picture.

All of the other children had horrible sound from their record players, but mine was high fidelity. Above the 45 player is a watercolor of trees that my mother painted.

Entering Missouri

Entering Missouri

The U.S. Highway 61 arch sits on the state line between Blytheville, Arkansas and Steele, Missouri. The arch, built in 1924, is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Flying Lessons at LSU: WWII

Flying Lessons at LSU: WWII

My mother, Daisy Luke, earned her pilot's wings at LSU in a program where students were taught to fly by the military in order to have a pool of flight capable people in the states that could move planes around when necessary. This picture was taken at Ryan airport and she was the first graduate of this program. Her husband, Captain W.J.Luke, was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.

Stone House Freeport, Ohio

Stone House Freeport, Ohio

This is my wife's mother's family in about 1915. The farm and stone house have been in the family since about 1892. We are currently renovating this home.

 
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