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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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I Remember Mama: 1914

I Remember Mama: 1914

Well, not like this because she's only about 6 years old here. But there's her mama and it is San Francisco, anyway. The only people in this photo I do remember besides her are her twin brother (my Uncle Albert) and her older brother (my Uncle Frank). I never met her older sister (my Aunt Mary) or her mother and father. Missing from the group is her oldest brother, Uncle Jack, away at college. My grandfather, a carpenter, may have built this house; we do know that he rebuilt the family home that was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. This is a scan I made from the original 5x7 inch glass plate negative. View full size.

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Beautiful Photo!

tterrace, your grandfather's eyes show great wisdom and satisfaction. Wonderful slice of life.

"Posing" some questoins

tterrace you have done an amazing job. Thanks for sharing this family photo, and wouldn't we all love to have a rare image like this of our ancestors. I've never had the opportunity to work with a glass plate and I am curious. Did your scanner have a light in the lid or how did you handle that? Do you think putting the photo in some kind of light box and taking a photo with an SLR would produce the same quality? Since your photo is so beautiful, I am thinking that scanning brings the best result.

[Yes, a scanner gives best results. Mine illuminates from the lid, through film or large-format negatives. My model is discontinued, but is similar to the current one Dave uses to scan glass plates. -tterrace]


Brilliant tterence! Your family would be proud of you sharing this. A photo like this reminds us to cherish our own family as time doesn't stand still.

The kindest face

Your grandfather had one of the kindest faces I've ever seen and I love everything about this picture, the furnishings, the clothing, the decor and the genuine look of contentment and peace on each of the family members. tterrace, you are lucky to have this photo and you've done a great job restoring it. Thank you for sharing.

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