Through the Film Magnifier

 
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Updated 5/22/2018 11:13 AM

Today, we introduce a gallery feature we hope you'll pause regularly to enjoy as much as we'll enjoy creating it.

We're calling it "Through the Film Magnifier," and it's a glimpse back at vintage suburbia through the archive of negatives we built over the second half of the 20th century -- the golden age of film photography for newspapers.

Each film negative is viewed through a loupe, a device that gives a magnified view of the frame. We chose, when possible, an image clipped or marked by the photographer.

The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #13,540, photo by Larry Cameron: A Memorial Day parade moves through downtown Arlington Heights in May 1969
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #13,540, photo by Larry Cameron: A Memorial Day parade moves through downtown Arlington Heights in May 1969
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #16,943, photo by Genie, (no last name available): Actor Dennis Hopper attending a Playboy party in Chicago in April of 1970.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #16,943, photo by Genie, (no last name available): Actor Dennis Hopper attending a Playboy party in Chicago in April of 1970.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #54,949 photo by Scott Sanders: A woman takes a close look at the racing card on the opening day of Arlington Park in May 1980.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #54,949 photo by Scott Sanders: A woman takes a close look at the racing card on the opening day of Arlington Park in May 1980.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #67,299, photo by Nancy Stone: Elk Grove High School graduation in June of 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #67,299, photo by Nancy Stone: Elk Grove High School graduation in June of 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #46,962-A, photo by Bob Finch: An Arlington Heights firefighter sips some coffee at the scene of the Goldblatt's fire in Mount Prospect in February 1977.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #46,962-A, photo by Bob Finch: An Arlington Heights firefighter sips some coffee at the scene of the Goldblatt's fire in Mount Prospect in February 1977.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #19,490, photo by Jim Frost: President Richard Nixon visits Mount Prospect in October of 1970.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #19,490, photo by Jim Frost: President Richard Nixon visits Mount Prospect in October of 1970.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #14,270, photo by Jay Needleman: A girl, her dog and her trophy at an amateur dog show in Palatine in August of 1969.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #14,270, photo by Jay Needleman: A girl, her dog and her trophy at an amateur dog show in Palatine in August of 1969.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #50,884-A, photo by Dave Tonge: Fighters take a break at the scene of the Flight 191 crash in Des Plaines in May 1979.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #50,884-A, photo by Dave Tonge: Fighters take a break at the scene of the Flight 191 crash in Des Plaines in May 1979.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #68,269, photo by Nancy Stone: The bed of a pick up truck was the place to watch the movie at the drive-in in Palatine in September of 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #68,269, photo by Nancy Stone: The bed of a pick up truck was the place to watch the movie at the drive-in in Palatine in September of 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #3,579, photo by Mike Seeling: Elementary school students leave school for the day at a Palatine school in May 1969.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #3,579, photo by Mike Seeling: Elementary school students leave school for the day at a Palatine school in May 1969.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #11,612, photo by Mike Seeling: In November of 1968, John Hersey visited the school named after him in Arlington Heights.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #11,612, photo by Mike Seeling: In November of 1968, John Hersey visited the school named after him in Arlington Heights.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #32,633, photo by Dave Tonge: In a contest sponsored by radio station WCFL in June of 1974, couples had to see how long they could kiss at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The winners got tickets to a KISS concert.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #32,633, photo by Dave Tonge: In a contest sponsored by radio station WCFL in June of 1974, couples had to see how long they could kiss at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. The winners got tickets to a KISS concert.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #9,591, photo by Paul (no last name available): A man sits along the road across from a building that burned during the riot in Chicago in April or 1968
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #9,591, photo by Paul (no last name available): A man sits along the road across from a building that burned during the riot in Chicago in April or 1968
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #67,313, photo by Nancy Stone: A young girl wearing a wedding veil climbs a tree with a friend in Palatine in June 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #67,313, photo by Nancy Stone: A young girl wearing a wedding veil climbs a tree with a friend in Palatine in June 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #19,591, photo by Larry Cameron: This is the graveside service in March of 1968 for Daniel Schueren of Arlington Heights who was 26 when killed in combat in Dinh Tonge province South Vietnam, February 25, 1968.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #19,591, photo by Larry Cameron: This is the graveside service in March of 1968 for Daniel Schueren of Arlington Heights who was 26 when killed in combat in Dinh Tonge province South Vietnam, February 25, 1968.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #9,984, photo by Jay Needleman: Donkey basketball was a big event back in April of 1968 in Palatine.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #9,984, photo by Jay Needleman: Donkey basketball was a big event back in April of 1968 in Palatine.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #17,658, photo by Dom Najolia: A lifeguard signals someone to come over to her during the first day of swimming at a pool in Palatine.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #17,658, photo by Dom Najolia: A lifeguard signals someone to come over to her during the first day of swimming at a pool in Palatine.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #17,345, photo by Mike Seeling: Judges keeping a close eye on several women hoping to be crowned the next Rose Queen in Roselle in May of 1970.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #17,345, photo by Mike Seeling: Judges keeping a close eye on several women hoping to be crowned the next Rose Queen in Roselle in May of 1970.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #14,005, photo by Hutchings (no first name available): Members of the band Iron Butterfly backstage at Ravinia in Highland Park in July of 1969.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #14,005, photo by Hutchings (no first name available): Members of the band Iron Butterfly backstage at Ravinia in Highland Park in July of 1969.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #68,767, photo by Nancy Stone: The Matuseyenski triplets arrive home in Schaumburg in October 1983.
The Daily Herald Archives, Assignment #68,767, photo by Nancy Stone: The Matuseyenski triplets arrive home in Schaumburg in October 1983.
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