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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 • ABOUT PARIS, 1895

Travel & Vacation

Passing Lane: 1906

Passing Lane: 1906

The Jersey shore circa 1906. "Rolling chairs on the Boardwalk, Atlantic City." Hotel Traymore in the background. 8x10 inch glass negative. View full size.

 

Forest Camp: 1950s

Forest Camp: 1950s

Here's the Blissmobile with the portable kitchen attached. This looks like it could be Yosemite again, in the mid-fifties. 35mm color slide. View full size.

Cooks on Wheels: 1950s

Cooks on Wheels: 1950s

Bill Bliss and his family again, enjoying a little outdoor cooking sometime in the mid-fifties. I'm not sure where this is but I'm guessing somewhere up the Pacific coast. 35mm Anscochrome color slide. Here's another photo of their trip. View full size.

Yosemite Gathering: 1941

Yosemite Gathering: 1941

Here we see the Bliss family with friends in Yosemite. The year is 1940-41 based on the license plate to the right. The guy in the top row on the right reminds me of Richard from Boardwalk Empire. View full size.

Boardwalk Empire: 1910

Boardwalk Empire: 1910

Atlantic City, N.J., circa 1910. "Boardwalk, Hotel Marlborough-Blenheim and Young's Million-Dollar Pier." There are a zillion interesting details in this panorama made from four 8x10 inch glass negatives. View full size.

 

Ass Baskets: 1906

Ass Baskets: 1906

Petoskey, Michigan, circa 1906. "The midway." As the precious days of one's sojourn in Petoskey dwindle to their final hours, keep the magic alive with a unique souvenir. 8x10 inch glass negative, Detroit Publishing Co. View full size.

 

Fortress of Gunk: 1950

Fortress of Gunk: 1950

Once again it's time to head up to the Russian River and some vacation fun with the most awesome toy ever to be placed in the hands of a young boy: mud. This is probably around 1950, so my brother is about 13 and I'm about 4 as we put the finishing touches on our impregnable shoreline fortress. Well actually, even more fun was in store when the River Queen motor launch (think Disneyland Jungle Ride boats) came along and its mini-tsunamis destroyed the ever-loving heck out of it. This shot also reveals the limitations of snapshot cameras everyone had to put up with back then, even a comparatively good one like my sister's Kodak Duaflex: we're not really that close but we're still out of focus, and the slow shutter speed meant additional blurriness from just the jiggle of pressing down the shutter release. But with the standard 3x3 print you got back from the drug store, you probably wouldn't notice. Interesting that, proportionally speaking, my gut is roughly in the same state today. View full size.

 
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