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:
This is probably Yosemite National Park some time in the thirties. Scanned from the 4 x 2½ inch negative. View full size
Return of the ill-tempered teen. I am actually wearing the same pants and shoes as in an earlier picture. Sometimes I'm surprised my parents didn't just dump me on some roadside back then. I wasn't a troublemaker, but I sure was a grouchy SOB!
I like this picture for the background: Disneyland about 1968. There is a lot going on. Bank of America tried to promote some warm and fuzzy values by sponsoring the Small World ride. The effects of that, I will leave to the viewer's imagination.
My Dad took the picture, as usual. There's little brother and my Mom is still alive and kicking at age 83. View full size.
Taken in Washington D.C. in April of 1953. Starting from the left is my grandmother, my father, mother, sister, me (in the tree) and another sister. Note the yellow stop sign, which was the standard color at that time. View full size.
At the request of tterrace and with his help, I'm going to start uploading some pictures that a family friend has let me borrow for scanning purposes. The negatives range from 2 1/2 X 4 inches to 2 1/4 X 3 1/4. The trunk these negatives were found in was sealed in 1964 and was only recently opened. They belonged to the friend's uncle who was a land surveyor in San Diego. That's as much as I know.
This picture was probably taken in the early '50s. View full size