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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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Family Truckster: 1942

Family Truckster: 1942

June 1942. "Yreka, California, seat of a county rich in mineral deposits." But poor in car seats. Photo by Russell Lee, Office of War Information. View full size.

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The thanks I get

For getting you through the depression without starving, you put me in the back of the truck with my bratty grand kids.

Same age...

I think I am about the same age as the kid on the right...riding in pickup "beds" at that time was fun...before it was a "no no"...

Largely intact

Using Google Street View: this photo was shot from the intersection of Miner St and (North) Broadway -- looking westward along Miner Street. The building to the left of the hotel is gone; replaced by a corner parking lot -- with a historic marker.

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A New Broom

Nice to see some things haven't changed much in 70 years.

Mom & Dad

Don't seem exactly thrilled to be the photographer's subjects.

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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