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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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Best Mess in France: 1918

Best Mess in France: 1918

May 1918. "American National Red Cross. Aviation Camp of the American Army at Issoudun. The canteen kitchen, which, according to the commanding officer of the Camp, provides the best mess to be found in all France. Miss Givenwilson is in charge." 5x7 inch glass negative. View full size.

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Don't Milk It Dave!

Clam before the storm. Really Dave? You really are milking this. Well, that is all I will SHELL out on that subject for now.

Maybe I can think of some other mollusks of wit later!

Depth of field

I don't get the focus here at all. Along the left, it's blurry up to but not including the back wall, where the wood grain and clock are beautifully crisp. Down the middle, blurry with what I assume is movement until the back wall. Along the right, blurry in the immediate foreground (check the pot to the right of the plant), but sharply crisp on the pots in the middle ground, to the right of the woman in darker smock and hat.

I can't resist pointing out the two beautiful light bulbs above the head of the sister with the classic nun headgear.

Kitchen Tablet

Here, let me Google "rutabaga recipes" for you.

Calm Before the Storm

Going by what it reads on the wall clock, it looks like today's personnel are getting ready for the lunch crowd. Whatever the entree, the bread's included!

[If chowder is on the menu, this would be the Clam Before the Storm. - Dave]

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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