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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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Facts on File: 1942

Facts on File: 1942

June 1942. "United States Office of Defense Transportation system of port control and its traffic channel control. Washington, D.C." Analog records at your fingertips. Photo by Albert Freeman, Office of War Information. View full size.

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Keep Them Flying

1959 -- China Lake US Naval Ordnance Test Station California.

That's the way we "Kept Them Flying" by using that system to keep track of various aircraft parts among other things.

Our goal was not to have any Aircraft Out Of Commission Parts (AOCP) and heaven help any airman whose duty it was to keep track of altimeters and didn't have at least one back order going when an active plane was grounded because of a faulty altimeter.

When a plane did go AOCP we had to get on the telex to check all Naval Stations in the 12th Naval Station to see if anyone had one in stock and if they did it would be dispatched to us with as much care as a human heart is accorded by today's transportation services.

Stephen Gunther AK3 USN


Kardex file system -- still available today.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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