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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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Queen of the Road: 1963

Queen of the Road: 1963

Here's the companion photo to the 1963 road trip to Canada last seen here at the roadside breakfast picnic table. This time it's Mom's turn at the Coleman, but no note about which meal or where this was. Kodachrome slide. View full size.

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Takes me back!

Reminds me of our family vacations in the 50's and 60's before the advent of fast food joints at every interstate intersection. I remember stopping at small wayside picnic sites just like this and my mother whipping up hot lunches on our little one-burner Bernz-0-Matic propane stove. We also had the red cooler with the handle that locked down the top and the bottle opener on the side. Good times!

Division of Labor

In all the years we went camping Mom never did the cooking because she had the hard job...knowing what the kids were doing and where they were doing it.

That Grill

This certainly could easily be from my life, but there is one very obvious thing missing: the Scotch Grill or cooler or picnic accessory case. I am sure we of those times will remember! They were ubiquitous in the late 50s and well into the 1960s.


A can of Standby Tomato Juice! Is that ever a blast from the past.


1958 Chevy Bel Air. Very nice, great photo!

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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