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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 • SEVILLE SPRING FESTIVAL, 1929

Corsican Family: 1910

Corsican Family: 1910

This photo was taken in 1910 in Corsica. The woman is my great-grandmother. They lived in a village called Velone-Orneto.

French Class: 1952

French Class: 1952

This photo was taken in France in 1952. My mother appears in the middle row. View full size.

The Streetcar I Desired: 1957

The Streetcar I Desired: 1957

New Orleans, June 15, 1957 -- on the same day that I took the Canal Street photo pictured here, my goal was to find a streetcar that still retained the destination for the Desire line, made famous by playwright Tennessee Williams. In 1957 the Desire line had used buses for almost 10 years, but I approached the operators on their break at the foot of the Canal Ferry loop and asked them if they could roll the destination sign to "Desire" to allow me a photo shoot. The first three or four cars only contained signs for the two remaining streetcar lines, Canal and St. Charles. Then on about the fifth try, bingo, Car 910's signs still had the full complement of abandoned streetcar lines, so the kindly motorman set it for Desire and continued on his rest break until I had completed my photographic endeavor. 35mm Kodachrome by William D. Volkmer. View full size.

Peachtree Street: 1957

Peachtree Street: 1957

We are looking north on Peachtree Street in downtown Atlanta on August 30, 1957. On the left is one of Atlanta's two principal department stores, Davidson's; also, the Roxy Theater that ran second runs. I remember seeing "Grapes of Wrath" there. The clowns on the tiny motorcycle are part of the annual Shriners' convention. Kodachrome slide by me, William D. Volkmer. View full size.

Canal Crossing: 1957

Canal Crossing: 1957

Anyone who's ever been to New Orleans in the summer knows that it rains about once per hour, followed by hot, sunny, humid weather. On June 15, 1957, I made a short stopover in New Orleans en route to ROTC Summer Camp. Shooting the original Kodachrome I at ASA 10, most of the slides I took in the rain came out overexposed, something practically unheard of in those days of slow speed film. But somehow I lucked out on this particular exposure, catching the pedestrians dashing between the raindrops with the sun peeking out overhead on Canal Street at St. Charles. 35mm Kodachrome by William D. Volkmer. View full size.

Arlene, Howard and the Tree: c.1951

Arlene, Howard and the Tree: c.1951

Either when they were dating or when they were first married, but long before there was a me, my parents took each other’s pictures, posed with a dramatic tree. View full size.

Tree Couple: 1999

Tree Couple: 1999

About a half century after their original pair of tree pictures, my parents, now in their sixties, re-created the feeling of their original portraits with another dramatic tree. View full size.

The Klemm Family: c.1907

The Klemm Family: c.1907

Frank Joseph Klemm, father, born Germany; Margaret Links Klemm, mother; children Maggie, Frank Peter (in front), and William to the right. New Orleans, Louisiana about 1907. View full size.

 
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