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In 1943, at the age of 12, I bought my first camera from my parents. I really wanted a camera although I knew I couldn’t use it until after World War II was over because 35 mm slide film was not available to civilians. After the war I could get film, and my family traveled from Pennsylvania through the West for a number of summers. I used several different kinds of 35 mm film: Burke, Ansco, Kodak, and others. Only the Kodak held up well and all those taken in the late 1940s with Kodak film are as good today as when they were taken. All the others had to be thrown away after just a few years. Most of the pictures I took were in National Parks and most were landscapes, since the parks were quite empty. I lost this camera at Niagara Falls during my honeymoon.

For years with my young growing family I settled for snapshots. We raised our children in Seattle, Washington and Berkeley, California. My mother had become an excellent amateur photographer using slide film. She gave me her manual Nikon when she upgraded to a through the lens light-metered camera. Most of my pictures are taken with a manuel Nikon of one kind or another.

It is obvious from my pictures that I am most interested in people and their cultures and take pictures that intrigue me about the diversity of people and what they do.

Resources created by Margery H. Freeman

Coconut palms shade former garden plots at old village site of My Lai
Coconut palms shade former garden plots at old village site of My Lai
Coconut palms shade former garden plots at the old village site of My Lai. One planted area is visible in the center, but the other plots are overgrown with grass and weeds. In 1968, U.S. forces considered the My Lai area to be a stronghold of Communist Vietnamese...
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Coffee drying in Misahualli, Ecuador
Coffee drying in Misahualli, Ecuador
Pods of coffee sides dry on the ground. Ecuador is increasingly becoming an industrialized nation, but the easter part of the country remains primarily agricultural. There we see multi-colored coffee pods drying as the first stem in the process of creating...
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Colombian boys in Cartagena
Colombian boys in Cartagena
Two young boys smile for the camera. Colombia is an ethnically-diverse country. The indigenous inhabitants who greeted the conquistadors contribute heavily to Colombia's large mestizo population. Colombia was also the destination of...
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Colonial aqueduct in Taxco, Mexico
Colonial aqueduct in Taxco, Mexico
A multi-story stone building sits semi-hidden behind verdant agriculture. Vines cover the lower stories of the building. This arch is part of an aqueduct built under orders from Hernán Cortes in the middle of the sixteenth century to service his silver mine...
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Colonial arched walkway in Quito, Ecuador
Colonial arched walkway in Quito, Ecuador
Light filters through an colonial archway. The stone floors and columns are unadorned. Beyond the archway is a decorative second-story railing. Quito is the capital of Ecuador, though with a population of 1,865,541 (2005) it is the second-largest city in Ecuador...
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Colonial building in Independence Plaza, Quito
Colonial building in Independence Plaza, Quito
A colonial building with a massive arched entryway sits behind a ring of stone stone steps. The building is adorned with sculptures at the corners and several small domes sit atop the peaks. Independence Plaza is home to most of Quito's main administrative...
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Colonial church in Cartagena's old town
Colonial church in Cartagena's old town
A large stone church fills the left side of the frame. A white-washed colonial two-story building with red-tiled roof sits on the opposite corner. Cartagena is a large seaport town on Colombia's northern coast. It was settled in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors...
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Colonial church in Guanajuato, Mexico
Colonial church in Guanajuato, Mexico
A bell tower on a colonial-era church reaches into a blue sky. The bell tower has three colonnaded levels and a large weathervane. The tower is decorated with yellow plaster with orange accents. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico....
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Colonial hacienda in Latacunga, Ecuador
Colonial hacienda in Latacunga, Ecuador
A large, three-story house sits behind open gates. In front of the house is a circular driveway with a fountain in the middle. Latacunga is in the highlands of Ecuador. At over 9,000 feet elevation, the town of Latacunga's climate is usually cold and windy....
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Colonial house in Ecuador moutain valley
Colonial house in Ecuador moutain valley
A small red-tile roofed colonial-style house is nestled on a lush green hillside. Lofty peaks make up the background. This photo was taken near Otavalo, Ecuador, which is home to one of Latin America's most famous markets. A key product in the highlands of...
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Colonial monastery in Cartagena, Colombia
Colonial monastery in Cartagena, Colombia
Tourists rest in the stone courtyard of a Catholic monastery. Large plants partially block a two-story arched walkway. Cartagena is a large seaport town on Colombia's northern coast. It was settled in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors and was an important seaport...
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Colonial street in Guanajuato, Mexico
Colonial street in Guanajuato, Mexico
A steep and narrow street winds between colorful two-story buildings. The street is paved with stones, and electric wires string between the buildings. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because...
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Colonial street in Pátzcuaro, Mexico
Colonial street in Pátzcuaro, Mexico
Two people walk down a sidewalk alongside a colonial street. The street is paved with small stones and the sidewalk is adorned with geometric patterns carved into the stone. Paint is peeling off the wall bordering the sidewalk. Pátzcuaro is a small town in...
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Colonial structures in Guanajuato, Mexico
Colonial structures in Guanajuato, Mexico
People walk along the exposed foundations of colonial walls. The steep sides of buttressed walls sit atop a stone base. Guanajuato is a large city in the central highlands of Mexico. It was an important colonial city because of the area’s large silver deposits....
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Colonial tile-roofed buildings in Taxco, Mexico
Colonial tile-roofed buildings in Taxco, Mexico
Colonial-style homes with tile roofs populate a steep hillside. Green trees abound among the houses. Taxco is a town south of Mexico City, in the state of Guerrero, known for its silver mines and silversmiths. Taxco was famous for its rich silver mines since...
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Colonial-era street in Cartagena, Colombia
Colonial-era street in Cartagena, Colombia
Two people converse on a corner of a colonial-era street. A large, highly-decorated building can be seen on the right. Cartagena is a large seaport town on Colombia's northern coast. It was settled in 1533 by Spanish conquistadors and was an important seaport...
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The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
The Colorado River, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. The river winds through craggy rock ridges. The Grand Canyon is located on the Colorado Plateau. The plateau was uplifted as the Colorado River and its tributaries carved channels into the rock over...
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Colored wall map of tunnels at Cu Chi used by Vietcong during Vietnam War
Colored wall map of tunnels at Cu Chi used by Vietcong during Vietnam War
A colored wall map depicts the underground tunnels at Cu Chi used by Communist fighters, or Vietcong, during the Vietnam War. During the 1960s, Communist guerillas dug these narrow tunnels that ran for about seventy-five miles from the countryside in Cu Chi...
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Colorful columns and hall of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Colorful columns and hall of Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh
Carved dragons and swirling clouds spiral around pink, blue, black, and white columns in the yellow interior hall of the Cao Dai temple at Tay Ninh. White cloud paintings decorate a blue arched ceiling. A second-floor balcony allows visitors to look down upon...
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Colorful cones in the crater of Haleakala Volcano, HI
Colorful cones in the crater of Haleakala Volcano, HI
Colorful cinder cones in the crater of Haleakala Volcano, HI, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii. The cones are tinted red, orange, green, and yellow by the deposition of richly-hued ash and rock. Haleakala Volcano, also known as the East Maui Volcano, is a enormous...
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